English 100

Junior Seminar: Jane Austen


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Spring 2005 Gallagher, Catherine
Gallagher, Catherine
TTh 9:30-11 203 Wheeler

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Austen, J.: Complete Novels

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We will read the complete works of Jane Austen, an author who thoughtfully wrote exactly one semester's worth of novels, stories, and letters. In class we will examine Austen's contributions to the novel as a form, including her revision of its style, its thematic concerns, its technical properties, and its ironic tone. We will also explore her historical moment, tracing the strands of literary, political, and social history that intersect in her work. Attending to the many recent adapations of her novels, we'll try to analyze why our contemporaries find them appealing and how they lend themselves to visual translation.

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