LIT-736 Seminar in 18th C. Literature Course Level: Graduate
Seminar in Eighteenth Century Literature (3) Topics vary by section. Varies in content to cover English, European, or American literature. Usually Offered: alternate springs. Repeatable for credit with different topic.
- Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
- Course Level: Graduate
- Section Title: Female Authorship
- Female Authorship in Austen, Burney, and Edgeworth (3) This seminar considers Austen's works alongside those of her contemporaries, Frances "Fanny" Burney and Maria Edgeworth, exploring the key role these three authors played in both the development and consolidation of the novel and the advancement of a range of eighteenth-century literary forms. Students undertake close readings of works including Burney's letters, life-writings, and novels Evelina and Cecilia; Austen's Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Sanditon, and Lady Susan; and Edgeworth's Belinda, Castle Rackrent--considered the first regional novel--and extracts from her highly influential pedagogical works. Reading these works alongside eighteenth-century conduct books, satirical prints, and works of authors including Edmund Burke, William Gilpin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, the class explores questions of novelistic form; literary authority; gender and sexuality; the public and private spheres; class and social mobility; sociability and the commercialization of culture; slavery; childhood and maternity; and revolution and social change.