Seminar: Jane Austen and the Modern Individual [Vertiefungsmodul] - Details
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Course name Seminar: Jane Austen and the Modern Individual [Vertiefungsmodul]
Subtitle Vertiefungsmodul Anglistik Literatur II
Course number ANG.05584.02, 05293.02
Semester WiSe 2023/24
Current number of participants 30
expected number of participants 30
Home institute Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
First date Thursday, 12.10.2023 16:15 - 17:45, Room: Seminarraum 2 [AKStr.35] (Angl.)
Type/Form Präsenzlehre
Studiengänge (für) LA Gym, Sek Englisch (2012+2015)
LA Förder (Sekundar) Englisch (2012+2015)
MA Engl. Spr. u Lit 45/75 LP (2015)
MA Angloam. Lit., Spr u Kult. 120 LP (2015)
MA Kulturen der Aufklärung 120 LP (2014)
ECTS points 5

Module assignments


One of the most well-known and renowned English writers, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has been studied with regard to her novels’ portrayal of the social decorum of the middle classes, the distinctive subtle irony and humour of her fiction, and her works’ implicit and explicit observations of the Regency period. An acknowledged innovator of the novel, Austen significantly contributed to shaping the genre: her combination of social comedy, moral observation, and psychologically precise narrative techniques defined it as a “reflective” literary form that presents modern fictional characters, which are portrayed as achieving personal development through “reconciliations of the individual and the social” (Deidre Shauna Lynch).
The seminar will examine Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Persuasion (1818) in light of their engagement with both Enlightenment and Romantic notions of the modern individual that draw attention to female education and social distinction, the connection between experience and knowledge, and the (ir)rationality of human nature.

This course can be attended in general preparation of the Staatsexamenklausur „Arbeit unter Aufsicht“ in Spring 2024. Further preparation can be obtained in the Forschungskolloquium.

• Regular attendance and oral participation
• In-depth knowledge of the reading material
• Short tasks in class and an oral presentation

• Final written examination [Details to be announced in the first session]

Please note that prior registration (deadline: 8 October 2023) for the course via StudIP is mandatory.

Primary Sources to Be Purchased by Students:
Please make sure to purchase EXACTLY (just as it says) the editions given below, as we will need identical content and pagination in order to engage in discussions in class.
Austen, Jane. [1813] Pride and Prejudice. Ed. James Kinsley, introduction Christina Lupton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. PRINT. ISBN 978-0-19-882673-6.
Austen, Jane. [1814] Mansfield Park. Ed. James Kinsley, introduction Jane Stabler. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. PRINT. ISBN 978-0-19-953553-8.
Austen, Jane. [1818] Persuasion. Edited with an introduction by Gillian Beer. London: Penguin, 2003. PRINT. ISBN 978-0-14-143968-6.

Additional obligatory reading (secondary sources) will be provided in at the beginning of the teaching period.

Recommended Further Reading:
Johnson, Claudia L. and Clara Tuite (eds.). A Companion to Jane Austen. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2009.
Looser, Devoney (ed). The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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The course is part of admission "Zeitgesteuerte Anmeldung: Jane Austen and the Modern Individual".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 08.09.2023, 09:00 to 08.10.2023, 23:59.

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