Jane Austen in Adaptation


Instructor: Jennifer Pyke

Course Dates:  May 27 – June 30, 2015
Class Meeting Times:  Tue, Wed and Thu  10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Mount Holyoke College: Merrill House  Conference Room (33 College St., South Hadley, MA)

Jane Austen's work stands almost as its own subgenre in the evolution of the novel. Although she is often admired for her humor and satire around marriage and sex, the novels also engage with aesthetics, epistemology, and sensibility: political ideas about what constitutes beauty, what it means to know something, and how much one should feel. We will read the completed novels and study the many adaptations within critical and theoretical contexts, including recent scholarly exploration of the enduring interest in English “heritage” film and miniseries like Downton Abbey.