Instructor: Jennifer Pyke
Course Dates: May 27 – June 30, 2014
Class Meeting Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Jane Austen's work stands almost as its own subgenre in the evolution of the novel. Happening at a moment of transitions, her work can be read formally as a bridge between the experiments of eighteenth-century realism and what was just to come in the Victorian 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, some of her influences and contemporaries, and critical and theoretical contexts.