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Jane Austen: A Source of Inspiration

PS, 2st., Mi 12-14, S 94 / GWI
BA (1.2), A4, A7; MAIAS elective; Lehramt
WS 2012/20013
Universität Bayreuth

Credit certificates can be collected from Dr. Thomas Schönweitz during his office hours in GW I.

Course Description

Jane Austen’s literary works inspired many authors to follow her style of writing and/or to fill the gaps in her narratives. Due to the fact that Pride and Prejudices is Austen’s most famous work, it will take centre stage in this seminar. After a close study of its main characters, narrative structure and composition, we will discuss works that either directly respond to the original text or just take up some elements and interpret them in a different context. Apart from literary works, we will also consider filmic representations of Austen’s ideas (e.g. Lost in Austen, Becoming Jane) which will enable us to immerse into the different spheres of the Austen world.

Texts to be obtained by students:

Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudices
Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Mary Robinette Kowal. Shades of Milk and Honey
Amanda Grange. Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of  ‚Pride and Prejudice

Course Overview

Course Overview Austen (pdf)