10378 Jane Austen: Approaches to Criticism 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including at least one of the following: Poetics of Narrative Fiction, Hero and Anti-Hero in the Modern Novel, Basic Conventions of the 19th Century Novel (of the three, Poetics of Narrative Fiction is recommended). Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Author: Nilli Diengott. The materials include two readers: one surveys several schools of literary criticism (in Hebrew translation); the second includes articles on Jane Austen and her work by prominent Austen critics.

The course selects interpretations of Austenís six completed novels by her major critics and examines and analyzes them in terms of their underlying theoretical assumptions relevant to Austen criticism in particular, as well as to criticism in general.

The novels (in Hebrew translation): Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.