Course Code
ENAM 0400
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

Despite her relatively short life, the six major novels written by Jane Austen, between 1775 and 1817, have secured her standing as one of the most significant and best loved of English novelists. This course situates her work within the wider historical and literary contexts, making reference to the Gothic and epistolary traditions, Romanticism, the French Revolution, and Mary Wollstonecraft’s proto-feminism. It complicates assumptions about Austen’s politics, encouraging students to read her as a subversive and innovative author, and asks questions about her style. In addition to the novels, this course also looks at Austen’s earliest work, which was unpublished in her lifetime, and her more recent cultural legacies.

Sample Topics

  • Northanger Abbey
  • Persuasion
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Mansfield Park
  • Emma
  • Sanditon