Single Author


This class will introduce you to the fiction of Jane Austen and the social issues of the early nineteenth century in England. We will situate her novels in their rich cultural and literary context by considering how her work is shaped by and responds to developments such as the rise of women writers and readers in the Romantic era, the rise of the British novel, the French Revolution and working-class movements in England, gender ideologies, and slavery. Given Austen’s extreme popularity that only seems to grow, we will analyze several recent film adaptations of her novels, paying special attention to how her work is presented to a contemporary audience. To further think about the relevance of Austen today, and understand how she is presented to a contemporary mass audience, we will also read and critically analyze Helena’s Kelly, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical.

Course Readings (available at the UH bookstore):

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817)

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)       

Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)      

Helena Kelly, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical (2016)

Selected readings (primary and secondary texts) on Laulima


Participation:  15%

Reading Quizzes and in-class writings:  20%

2 Short writings:    30%

Final paper:  35%