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LITERATURE

LIT-310
Major Authors (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Intensive study of the works of one or more important authors. Attention is paid to the evolution of the author's canon, to the effects of (and on) the literary context, to the relationship between works and biography, and to the historical and cultural context of the writer. Usually offered every year.

LIT-310
001
LITERATURE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Major Authors (3)

Burney and Austen

This course explores the works of Jane Austen and Frances Fanny Burney in the literary and cultural context of the long eighteenth century. The class undertakes close readings of works including Burney's letters, life-writings, and 1778 Evelina; and Austen's Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and the unfinished Sandition. Considering these works alongside eighteenth-century satirical prints and the writings of Samuel Richardson, Edmund Burke, and Hester Thrale Piozzi, students explore questions of gender and sexuality; the public and private spheres; the status of the novel; and stability and social change. Meets with LIT-610 001.