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Title: Jane Austen Syllabus
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Creator: Page, Judith
Publisher: Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
Publication Date: Fall 2010
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Abstract: Jane Austen lived from 1775 until 1817, but her critics and readers have not always placed her at home during these revolutionary times. Nor have they always recognized the powerful ways that she engages her world as she creates her own version of “ordinary life.” This course focused on Austen’s writing (including juvenilia, letters, published novels, and uncompleted texts) in the context of the literature, culture, and politics of her time. Students read one novel, Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda, as a way of focusing our discussion of Austen’s similarities and differences from the larger context, including her development of a distinctive style. Students also discussed several recent film adaptations of Austen’s fiction, considering the ways that such films re-imagine the past that Austen’s novels represent.
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1 Jane Austen ENL 6246 (section 2975 ) Fall 2010 Instructor: Dr. Judith Page, Depart ment of English, Turlington 4326 392 6650, ext. 293 and Ustler Hall 207, 273 0387 Office hours: Wednesdays 1 3pm in Ustler Hall 207 ; other times by appointment Also read again, and for the third time at least, Miss Austen's very finely written novel of Pride and Prejudice That young lady had a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life, which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with. The Big Bow wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, from the truth of the description and sentiment, is denied to me. Sir Walter Scott (jo urnal entry, March 14,1826) You are very, very kind in your hints as to the sort of Composition which might recommend me at present, & I am fully sensible that an Historical Romance . might be much more to the purpose of Profit or Popularity, than suc h pictures of domestic Life in the Country Villages as I deal in but I could no more write a Romance than an Epic Poem. -I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my Life; & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first Chapter. Jane Austen (letter to James Stanier Clarke, April 1,1816) Course description Jane Austen lived from 1775 until 18 17, but her critics and readers have not always placed her at home during these revolutionary times. Nor have they always recognized novels, and uncompleted texts) in the context of the literature, cult ure, and politics of her Belinda as a way of focusing our similarities and differences from the larger context, including her development of a distinctive style. We will also discuss several recent film adaptations such films re imagine the past that s represent. Required texts available at Wild Iris Books (either at the store or on line ): 802 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601, 352.375.7477 http://wildirismarket.com/mall/categories/Departments/Textbooks/Fall 2010/ENL 6246 Page/ Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (Vintage) Catha rine and Other Writ ings (Oxford) Sense and Sensibility (Penguin)

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2 Pride and Prejudice (Penguin ) Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon (Oxford ) Mansfield Park (Norton) Emma (Penguin ) Persuasion (Penguin ) Belinda ( Oxford ) Web resources : http://www.rc.umd.edu http://www.pemberley.com/ http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on line http://www.jasna.org/ http://www.chawton.org/ http://www.astoft.co.uk/austen/ http://www.people.ku.edu/~delliott/Austenfilms.htm http://thehoarding.wordpress.com/ Reserve : I have placed several (mostly) recent critical books on Austen on reserve (ARES) in order to insure easy acce ss to them. You will also have assignments to read certain portions of texts that are available electronically on our course reserves site. If you have not already register ed for course reserves, p lease do so on the library Web site: https://ares.uflib.ufl.edu/ The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen ed. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster (1997) Butler, Marilyn. Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1975) Byrne, Paula. Jane Austen and the Theatre (2002) Deresiewicz, William. Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets (2004) Duckworth, Alistair. The Improvement of the Estate (2 nd ed. 1994) Heydt Stevenson, Jill. (2005) Johnson, Claudia. Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (1988) Kaplan, Deborah Jane Austen among Women (1992) Kirkham, Margaret. Jane Austen: Feminism and Fiction (1997) Le Faye, Deirdre. (1997) and Jane Austen: The World of her Novels (2002) Morgan, Susan. In the Meantime: Character and P (1980) Pucci, Suzanne and James Thompson. Jane Austen and Co. (2003) [ebook] Spender, Dale. Mothers of the N ovel: 100 Good Women Writers before Jane Austen (1 986) Stewart, Maaja. Domestic Realities and Imperial Fictions: Jane Austen's Novels in Eighteenth Century Contexts (1993) Sullaway, Alison. Jane Austen and the Province of Womanhood (1989)

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3 Tave, Stuart. Some Words of Jane Austen (1973) Todd, Janet. Jane Austen in Context (20 05) Troost, Linda and Sayre Greenfield. Jane Austen in Hollywood (2001) Tuite, Clara. Romantic Austen (2002) Waldron, Mary. Jane Austen and the Fiction of her Time ( 1999) [ebook ] Wiltshire, John Jane Austen and the Body (1992) Not on reserve, but you should be familiar with these books: Gilbert and Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic (1979) Mary Poovey, The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer (1984) Nancy Armstrong, Desire and Domestic Fiction (1987) Eve T. Bannet, The Domestic Revolution (2000) Anne K. Mellor, Mothers of the Nation (2002) Requirements Regular class attendance and participation are required. All students are responsible for material covered in class and for any changes made to the syllabus when announced in class. All written work must be submitted (as hard copies) when due, unless you have made special arrangements with the instructor. Readings will consist of primary materials and selected critical and theoretical works. All students are expected to come prepared having read the material for the day ; pace yourselves and plan accordi ngly Please turn off all phones and other small electronic devices. You may use your laptop to take notes, but if you do so do not connect to the internet. -Seminar p aper Yo u will be required to write a 20 page paper on any aspect of Austen that you find fascinating All students will also present their prelim in ary research to the se minar as part of a mock conference panel In addition, you will submit a prospectus (or proposal) for the paper one month before the final paper is due. In this prospectus, you should address the issues that you will consider in your paper. Some questions your prospectus should address include: What is the scope of this study? What are the main questions or issues that have drawn you to the topic? What is your working argument? How does your proposed work fit into the ongoing scholarly debate about the subject or related subjects? How do you envision organizing your paper? What problems or challenges do you anticipate? -Austen Show and Tell his assignment sounds a bit silly: each seminar participant will make a 5 10 minute presentation to the seminar on any odd or interesting topic related to Austen. You may focus on some clips from a film version or a particularly ridiculous example of Aus ten mania such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or a passage from one of like. You may bring in an object or artifact or write a poem. You may use electronic media or just talk to us. Anything goes a nd everything will be interesting to the rest of us! There will be a sign up sheet for these presentations.

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4 Grading Participation (including Show and Tell) 3 0% Seminar paper 70% Academic Integrity All students are required to abide by the Academ i c Honesty Guidelines The UF Honor Code reads: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following http://www.dso.ufl.edu/studentguide Accommodations Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodatio n. For more information see http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc Schedule of Readings and Assignments August 23 Introducti on : Read Toma Jane Austen: A Life ; In class we will also view clips from Miss Austen Regrets and Becoming Jane you might want to view one or both of these film s on your own. August 30 Discussion of j uvenilia: Love and Friendship The History of England and Catharine, or The Bower ; also 99 in The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen and Jill Heydt Stevenson, Introduction to That ? on Ares Sept 6 Labor Day: No class Sept 13 Discussion of Northanger Abbey Jane Austen and the Fiction of her Time venilia, the early unfinished 36 available as an ebook on Ares. Sept 20 Discussion of Sense and Sensibility Sept 27 Sense and Sensibility : Sense and Sensibility (there is one copy of the DVD on reserve). Be prepared to discuss the way that Ang Lee imagines the English land scape and the past in this film. discussion of film and of the screenplay ; also read from Jane Austen and Co ., ed. Pucci and Thompson and on reserve an

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5 133 59. Option: Postfeminist Intervention in Sense and Sensibility 58 of Jane Austen in Ho llywood (Troost & Greenfield) Oct 4 Discussion of Pride and Prejudice ; begin reading Belinda Read Claudia Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel, 73 94, 176 78 for notes. Available electronically on Ares. Oct 11 Discussion of Lad y Susan and The Watsons ; keep reading Belinda Read Lost in Austen and Generation Y Persuasions o n line : http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on line/vol30no2/kaplan.html Discussion of the seminar paper assignment Oct 18 Belinda 'Abroad and at Home': Sexual Ambiguity, Miscegenation, and Colonial PMLA 112:2 (March 1997) 214 28. Oct 25 (in the Norton) and consider the signifi cance of the play in vol. I of Mansfield Park Essays by Trilling, Duckworth, and Livak (in Norton Critical Ed.) Nov 1 Complete Mansfield Park, including supplementary material and critical essays by Auerbach Said, and Lew (in Norton Critic al Ed.) Prospectus due in class Nov 8 Discussion of Emma Read e ssays by Poovey, Johnson, and Wiltshire (in Norton Critical Ed.) Nov 15 Discussion of Persuasion. Nov 22 Discussion of Sanditon Domestic Mobility in Persuasion and Sanditon SEL Studies in English Literature 1500 1900 45: 4 (Autumn 2005):787 database. Nov 29 Conference paper presentations (8 page version of final paper) Dec 6 Conference paper presentations (8 page version of final paper) Dec 15 Comp lete 20 page papers due in my office by 10 am