Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Jane Austen is unusual among English authors in being both beloved by a popular audience and respected by a scholarly one. While "Janeites" gather for Regency costume balls, and films based on Austen's novels are guaranteed an audience, these books are far from escapist. Indeed, scholars increasingly emphasize the degree to which Austen's work engages the political and social issues of her day.
In this course, we will consider Austen's role as a pioneer in the development of the novel as well as her treatment of new economic models, of changing gender roles, and of modern concepts of human psychology. Students will develop an "ear" for voice and irony and an appreciation for variations within a genre. Readings will include most of Austen's novels, selected other texts from her time, and modern critical essays.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Class participation: 30%
Research paper, revised: 30%
2 in-class exams: together 40%