Jane Austen: Property and Propriety
FYS 008, CRN 7469
This course will focus on Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. Our primary focus will be on the role of landscape aesthetics in these novels, reading them as texts that relate to changing notions of the "ideal" place or property. We will read poems about estates and nature to situate these novels within those cultural debates about the sublime, the beautiful, and the picturesque. We will also consider how these notions of place suggest ideas about national identity, imperialism and other global issues. We will also discuss notions of propriety and what is "proper," considering ideas of boundaries, warnings, and limits of civility. Lastly, we will be considering the extent to which each of these texts challenges notions of neoclassicism and romanticism. We will also watch movie adaptations of these novels (and see clips from movie versions of Pride and Prejudice), read critical essays from the past thirty years, and read shorter texts from 1750-1820.