The English novel developed from travel narratives, adventure tales, as well as Gothic and sentimental fiction to reach the realism of Jane Austen. The class will focus on selected Austen’s novels, from her early parody of popular romances in Northanger Abbey to her late satire of British society in Persuasion.
We will also look at the enduring popularity and afterlife of Jane Austen’s oeuvre and current “Austenmania” with its plethora of film adaptations, sequels, and parodies.
Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch is the Assistant Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University, where she also teaches literature classes.
- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. Oxford World’s Classics, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199535545
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. Dover Thrift, 1995. ISBN: 978-0486284736
- Jane Austen, Persuasion. Vintage Classics, 2007. ISBN: 9780307386854
- For our first meeting please read Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey and her “Plan of a Novel” (2 pp. of scanned pdf)
Cost and Registration
Three sessions, $140 ($126 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
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