Jane Austen, Novelist

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:00am to 5:00am
Helen S. Schaefer Building Dorothy Rubel Room  1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721

Professor: Lynda Zwynger, Department of English
THURSDAYS 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

One of the most popular and beloved novelists in the English language, Jane Austen wrote novels that have beguiled and challenged readers for two centuries.

For some, Austen is our beloved "Aunt Jane," chatting with us about tea parties, excursions in pony phaetons, and ill-advised epistolary relationships. For others, she is a subversive ironist whose piercing vision of human foibles offers us reflections relevant to our own lives and times.

How did this seventh child of a provincial clergyman, a single woman who lived an intensely domestic life, produce some of the greatest novels in the English language? What makes them great? We will examine and discuss Austen's complete works in this class. We will look at historical, literary historical, and cultural contexts of the works, paying particular attention to Austen's style and approach to the novel as a genre.

NOTE: This is the first meeting of a 10-week course. 

More information including course fees and how to register can be found online at http://hsp.arizona.edu