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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
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ENGL 639 - Jane Austen: Novels and Cultural Contexts

3 Credit(s)

Why would a novelist from Regency England, who saw Napoleon’s rise to power and his defeat, who worried about the fate of military men, unmarried women, and social hypocrisy, and yet who confined her plots as much as possible to small villages and small matters, continue to enrich us imaginatively while focusing on the minutiae of everyday life? Does her oeuvre cast a retrospective or a prospective glance? Does it hint at better solutions to gender inequities than those we find ourselves engaged in now? This course will explore this and other questions as we work our way through Austen’s oeuvre and consider what she was reading in terms of philosophies of mind, sexuality, and cultural critique, and in terms of some of her literary peers.