Jane Austen and the Art of the Novel

Daniel Burt • Monday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Course Calendar


January 26 Introduction to the course and the life and times of Jane Austen.
February 2 Jane Austen and the 18th-century novel
February 9 Northanger Abbey
February 16 Sense and Sensibility
February 23 Sense and Sensibility
March 1 Pride and Prejudice (passage analysis due)
March 8 No class
March 15 No class
March 22 Pride and Prejudice
March 29 Mansfield Park
April 5 Mansfield Park
April 12 Emma
April 19 Emma
April 26 Persuasion
May 3 Persuasion and unfinished works
May 10 Backup snow class if need. If not used as a class, this will be the deadline for the final project.
May 12 Final project, if 5/10 used as a make-up class should be mailed to Box 459 South Chatham, MA 02659; faxes or e-mail attachments can be arranged.
Procedures Since the course only meets thirteen times, it is important that you attend regularly. If you must miss a class, please contact me ahead of time if at all possible by phone or e-mail. Deadlines for submission of work and presentations are serious and grade reductions will be made for any unexcused missed deadline. Please see me ahead of the due date to discuss the problems you may have. Each class meeting will include a fifteen-minute break. I don't mind your bringing something to eat or drink to sustain you through our discussions, provided you are unobtrusive, and sharing would be nice!
Assignments There will be three written assignments in this class, one of which will be the text of an oral presentation. Assignment one is a passage analysis from one of Austen's novels, a five page close reading of a single short passage in which you establish a significant perspective on Austen's artistry. Assignment two is an oral presentation of fifteen minutes in which you present to the class your investigation into an aspect of Austen's life or times. A written version of your presentation should be submitted on the night of the presentation. The final assignment will consist of a ten-page critique of one of the many modern adaptations of Jane Austen's novels or style. The paper should attempt to synthesize the insights you have developed in the class.