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introductory seminar course: PS: Jane Austen - Details
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General information

Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 39
maximum number of participants 35
Entries on waiting list 6
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
Courses type introductory seminar course in category Teaching
First date Mon , 12.04.2021 16:15 - 17:45
Type/Form Lehrveranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten
Pre-requisites *EAS-1411*:
If you are allotted to this course you will automatically be signed up for the corresponding Übung "Narrative Analysis" (Tuesdays 16:15 - 17:45). Be sure to keep this slot free in your timetable.


*EAS-1412*
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Performance record Short response paragraphs or presentations
Final Research Essay (5000 words) or Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Miscellanea *EAS-1411*:
If you are allotted to this course you will automatically be signed up for the corresponding Übung "Narrative Analysis" (Tuesdays 16:15 - 17:45). Be sure to keep this slot free in your timetable.

*EAS-1412*
If you are wrongly allotted to the Übung, please make sure to sign out of it, in order to open up the slot for your fellow students.

Course location / Course dates

n.a Monday: 16:15 - 17:45, weekly

Module assignments

Comment/Description

Only moderately successful as a professional writer, and personally known to no more than a handful of friends and family members during her lifetime, the two centuries following her death have turned Jane Austen into a national icon, a thoroughly commercialised item, the cult object of idolatrous “Janeites”, the object of extensive scholarly research and criticism, and an undisputed member of the canon of the greatest writers of all times. A seminar on Jane Austen, thus, hardly needs to advertise the author or argue for her cultural relevance. It can instead focus on the aesthetic value of her writing, which grants her a place in the literary canon, and, secondly, scrutinise the historical context central for a sound comprehension of her fiction. Both approaches will help disentangle Austen’s novels from the surges of “regency romances” with which the culture industry is periodically swamping bookshelves or streaming accounts and to appreciate the outstanding achievement of her works in both form and content.

Our formal analysis of three of her novels will deal with Austen’s innovative style of rendering character psychology and consciousness, her mastery of perspective, and her wit, irony, and other sources of comedy. Paying due respect and attention to the socio-historical context of the novels, we will furthermore try to evaluate the political implications of their plots, especially in terms of class and gender. As diverging classifications of Jane Austen as alternatively conservative or liberal, traditionalist or feminist, reactionary or progressive, etc. indicate, her works provide ample room for interpretation and controversial discussion in this regard.

The novels we are going to read are
_Sense and Sensibility_ (1811)
_Pride and Prejudice_ (1813)
_Emma_ (1816)

Students are required to obtain their own print copies of the three novels. If possible, get hold of the latest ‘Oxford World’s Classics’ editions of the texts, as this would ensure that we all use the same versions. The Oxford editions are reasonably priced, very well edited, and come with a useful introduction and bibliography.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ELW/ALW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: PS".
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