Thursday, August 17th

Course Introduction: Jane Austen’s World

Jane Austen biography (from JASNA)

Chapter 5 from Northanger Abbey

The Jane Austen Society of North America

The Republic of Pemberley

The Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austen Places

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Chawton House Library



Film Adaptation site on IMDB and JASNA’s Jane Austen on Screen

Jane Austen merchandise:  On Etsy and Cafe Press


Tuesday, August 22nd

Begin reading Pride and Prejudice, Chapters I through IV (41-52)

Jonathan Culler, from Literary Theory: a very short introduction, “Narrative” (pdf), and class notes (pdf)

Free Indirect Discourse: “the way, in many narratives, that the reports of what a character says and thinks shift in pronouns, adverbs, tense, and grammatical mode, as we move — or sometimes hover — between the direct narrated reproductions of these events as they occur to the character and the indirect representation of such events by the narrator” (from M. H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms)

“Discourse that is represented, rather than directly related, to the reader . . . in which the thoughts, statements, and even dialogues engaged in by the characters are recounted to the reader” (from The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms)

Thursday, August 24th

By Jane Austen (1775-1817) – Archive: Lilly Library, Indiana University; Original publication: Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: T. Egerton, 1813.

Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Finish Volume One (52-141)
Appendix D: from the Conduct Books (367-382)

Terms to know from Culler and class discussion: epistemophilia, story vs. discourse, direct discourse, indirect discourse, free indirect discourse, focalization, narrative variables of temporality, compression and expansion of description, and limitation of knowledge

A definition of “entailment”


Tuesday, August 29th

Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Volume Two (145-224)


Legal Conditions for Women during Jane Austen’s Time / Caroline McQueen

Class in Austen’s England / Rachel Whatley

Thursday, August 31st

Continue discussion of Pride and Prejudice


Women’s Education in the Age of Austen / Bella Rawcliffe

Dancing in the Age of Austen / Nathalie Pagan


September Calendar