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Jane Austen

ENGL 101.950
instructor(s):
fulfills requirements:
Sector III: Arts & Letters of the College's General Education Curriculum

At once acutely aware of popular culture and a product of it, Jane Austen
read and wrote in popular forms, from epistolary fiction to Gothic horror
to realism to raucous satire to popular theater. We'll survey her in all
these guises, reading five of Austen's novels during our time in London,
including "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Emma." On
the way, we'll pay special attention to Austen's achievement as an
innovator within the larger history of the novel.To that end, we'll focus
on her experiments with form, voice, genre, and geography. Among our
activities outside the classroom will be a Jane Austen London excursion and
a country walk either to Box Hill or (weather permitting) to Chawton House
in Hampshire, where Austen wrote most of her fiction.