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ENGLISH 3H03 Jane Austen (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. James King


Office: Chester New Hall 316

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24493

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-11:20 am

Course Objectives:

Course Description: This course is devoted to the study of the six novels written by Jane Austen with additional attention to film adaptations of those narratives. The six novels will be read in chronological order. The course will begin with an examination of Austen’s society with particular attention to family, sex, social casts, the role of the Church of England, and the emergence of the notion of “romantic love” versus the claims of economic notions of marriage.

The six narratives will be read closely to demonstrate Austen’s various “takes” on love and marriage. In particular, the course will consider how Austen created very different kinds of heroines and how each novel is different from the other in its formalist concerns. The role of reprobate men in each narrative will be examined.

Course Objectives and Outcomes: 1. Students will have the opportunity to read all of Austen’s major narratives and, in so doing, to explore the work of the most celebrated woman writer in the English language. 2. Students will explore the innovations introduced into the novel by Jane Austen and how she framed different issues in each of her major works of fiction. 3. Students will gain an appreciation of how female subjectivity is enshrined in Austen’s narratives.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Tests:

These texts are available at the university bookstore

Austen, Northanger Abbey (Oxford World's Classics)

Austen, Sense and Sensibility (OWC)

Austen, Pride and Prejudice (OWC)

Austen, Emma (OWC)

Austen, Mansfield Park (OWC)

Austen, Persuasion (OWC)



Method of Assessment:

Evaluation Scheme:

Essay due: 25 September 500 words 20%; topics TBA

Essay due: 6 November 1000 words 40%; topics TBA

Final Exam: 40%

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