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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2009

T C 302 • Jane Austen on Page and Screen  W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42750 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

This interdisciplinary single-author course is devoted to the six major novels of Jane Austen and also considers the manner in which Austen's work has recently been refashioned into major motion pictures and popular BBC television series. While this class concerns literature, history, and film, the primary emphasis will be on the study of Austen in her historical context. Thus, the class will ask how Austen fits into the novel genres development and how her stories touch upon issues of gender, economics, art, and the law of her time. In order to augment our investigations into Austens original context, the class will include a few sessions in the HRC where we will look at original editions of the novels (including sister Cassandra Austens copy of Mansfield Park) and ask questions about the impact of her books original printed presentation. From our attempts to reconstruct Austens "original reader" we will then proceed into discussion of the recent re-workings of the novels for the screen, including adaptations such as Clueless, Bridget Jones Diary, and Bride & Prejudice, which recast Emma and Pride and Prejudice into a modern mold.

Grading Policy

Three close-reading essays (3 pages each; 1 rewrite): 10% each
One research essay (7-8 pages): 30%
Participation: 20%
Class presentation: 20%


Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1811); Pride and Prejudice (1813); Mansfield Park (1814); Emma (1815); Northanger Abbey (1817); Persuasion (1817).

Sense & Sensibility: film directed by Ang Lee (1995)
Pride & Prejudice: excerpts from the film directed by Robert Leonard (1940)
Pride & Prejudice: BBC mini-series directed by Simon Langton (1996)
Pride & Prejudice: film directed by Joe Wright (2005)
Clueless: film directed by Amy Heckerling (1995)
Bridget Jones's Diary: film directed by Sharon Maguire (2001)
Bride & Prejudice: film directed by Gurinder Chadha (2004)
Mansfield Park: film directed by Patricia Rozema (1999)
Emma: film directed by Douglas McGrath (1996)
Emma: excerpts from the BBC mini-series directed by Diarmuid Lawrence (1997)
Northanger Abbey: BBC telefilm directed by Giles Foster (1987)
Persuasion: BBC Film directed by Roger Mitchell (1995)

About the Professor
Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Professor Barchas did her undergraduate work at Stanford University (1989) and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1995). She joined UT in 2002 after teaching for five years in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests focus on eighteenth-century literature and culture and include the British novel, book history, textual studies, modernism, and early fiction by women. Her book Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel, published by Cambridge University Press, won the SHARP Book History Prize for 2003. In 2004 Pickering & Chatto published her edited volume of 18th-century British erotica for its ECBE Part II series. In 2005, Professor Barchas won UTs Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. Non-work time is devoted to family, especially her daughter Madison, who is the proud owner of a cat named Black Paw.


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