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In this course we will engage in a leisurely and thorough examination of Jane Austen’s published and unpublished work. In addition to the novels most readers are familiar with (Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion) we will also read Austen’s juvenilia. Along the way, we'll be reading quite a bit of literary criticism, much of which can be found in the Norton Critical editions that I've asked you to purchase. After we read Pride and Prejudice, we'll be looking closely at that novel's critical and popular success, so we'll be reading Longbourn, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the Graphic Novel, and Eligible. At the very end of the semester, we'll be looking at Jane Austen's presence in the public sphere, focusing on fan fiction, but also looking at Austen inspired illustration, art, and crafts.


Semester Examination / 10%

Two Short Essays / 30%

Fanfiction Project / 15%

Final Essay / 25%

Final Exam / 20%


You must buy THESE editions of the novels. I know that there are many free Austen Ebooks out there but you really must purchase the editions that I've listed below in order to keep up in class. I require you to purchase the assigned editions because I will be drawing heavily from the criticism published in the editions that I've listed below; if you do not have these editions, you will have to acquire the excerpted essays in some other, invariably more difficult, way. Unfortunately, Norton has just released new editions of all but Mansfield Park, so used editions will be harder to come by. Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works (Broadview ePub), Longbourn, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, and Eligible are available as eBooks.

All of the books should be available at the bookstore, although you may find it less expensive to buy some of your books used over the internet. I often order from, and recommend it highly. For example, you can get a copy of Longbourn for about $4 and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel for $4. You must, however, make sure that you get the most recent edition so double check those ISBN numbers.

Jane Austen, Emma (Norton Critical, ISBN: 978-0-393-92764-1) [New edition]

---. Mansfield Park (Norton Critical, ISBN 978-0-393-96791-3)

---. Manuscript Works (Broadview, ISBN 978-155-481058-1) [New Edition]

---. Northanger Abbey (Norton Critical, ISBN 978-0-393-97850-6) [New Edition]

---. Persuasion (Norton Critical, ISBN 978-0-393-91153-4) [New Edition]

---. Pride and Prejudice (Norton Critical, ISBN 978-0-393-26488-3) [New Edition]

---. Sense and Sensibility (Norton Critical, ISBN 978-0-393-97751-6) [New Edition]

Jo Baker, Longbourn (Random House, ISBN 978-034-580697-0)

Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the Graphic Novel (Del Rey, ISBN 978-0345520685)

Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 978-0812980349)