English R1A

Reading and Composition: Austenmania!

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2005 Leslie Walton
MWF 12-1 259 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

"Pride and Prejudice, J. Austen

Emma, J. Austen

Persuasion, J. Austen

The Random House Handbook, F. Crews

Required Films:

Pride and Prejudice (Langton, 1995)

Sense and Sensibility (Lee, 1995)

Clueless (Heckerling, 1995)

Bridget Jones's Diary (Maguire, 2001)

Persuasion (Michell, 1995)

Mansfield Park (Rozema, 1999) "


"This course seeks to refine composition skills (thesis building, argumentation, processes of analysis, use of evidence, and mechanics) while also introducing students to the discipline of literary study. Students will be responsible for 32 pages of written work, consisting of short essay drafts and revisions. Coursework will culminate in a 4-5 page essay on a course-related topic of the student's choosing.

The line of literary study we will pursue in this class follows the efflorescence of all things Austen in the mid- to late-1990s and even into the early years of the new millennium. We will explore various uses of Austen in this period and endeavor to understand Austen's continuing appeal (and relevance to) late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century society, particularly, though by no means exclusively, British and American society.

In addition to the following required texts and films, there will be a reader including (but not restricted to) excerpts from Austen's Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey, Azar Nafizi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, Karen Jay Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club, Fay Weldon's Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen, and Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. "

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