Students are required to buy a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (please buy exactly this version: Oxford World’s Classic 3rd Ed., 2019, ISBN 0198826737) and read the novel before the beginning of term.
Students are also expected to watch the film adaptations Pride and Prejudice (2005), The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013) and Austenland (2013) (available on various streaming platforms, YouTube and on DVD) over the course of the seminar.
All other texts will be made available via the learnweb course.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
The first sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) has, for more than 200 years, seduced readers by introducing them to the compelling story of the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and the elusive Mr Darcy. More than perhaps any other of Austen’s novels, Pride and Prejudice has secured her spot on many “most-beloved authors”-lists, inspired countless rewritings and adaptations around the world, and cemented Austen’s status as a literary and cultural icon.
This class will introduce students to the life and times of Jane Austen. Together, we will read Pride and Prejudice (1813) and discuss how the novel (re)presents social norms, gender, class, economics and religion, and examine the literary dimensions of the text within the frameworks of genre and narratology. The seminar furthermore aims to interrogate the long-lasting cultural importance of Jane Austen in the contemporary imagination. We will therefore employ several texts from adaptation studies, film theories and cultural theories to discuss three adaptations of the novel: Pride and Prejudice (2005), The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013) and Austenland (2013).