E S379M • Jane Austen: Tradition, Achievement, Response
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Jane Austen may be the best-selling novelist of all time. She is one of the few authors whose work, almost 200 years after it was written, is regularly read for pleasure by a general audience. She is an author whose reputation is secure, indeed, rising, within the academy. And she recently became something of a media star, 220 years after her birth, because of the success of several filmed adaptations of her work.
This seminar will offer readings in all six of Jane Austen's canonical novels: Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion, as well as selections from the Juvenilia (i.e. her unpublished youthful writing) and her surviving letters. Significant attention will be paid to Austen's life and social environment and to past and current critical debates regarding her work. In addition, we will view some of the recent films and discuss their relation to the novels.
Three 3-page memos 20% each One 6-page essay exam 40%
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice