≡ Menu

Jane Austen’s Narratives: Parody of Sensibility and Nostalgia

[4110R] Jane Austen’s Narratives: Parody of Sensibility and Nostalgia
Modules: see module overview – AS Lit
HS, 2 SWS, Fri 10-12 (Online Course)
WS 2020/2021
Universität Bayreuth

In many of her novels, Jane Austen parodies literary traditions. Although she died young, her works show an impressive development in this respect. We will trace this development from pure mocking and exaggeration to reasonable integration of literary motifs in the selected works. In order to be able to do so, we will start with focusing on forms of parody in the history of the novel. In the following, we will discuss how parodic elements feature in the stories by setting Austen’s depiction of, for example, emotions, relationships, social interaction and remembrance against traditional literary motifs. To recognize the exaggerated imitation of literary genres and social conventions, we will also look at the socio-cultural background that Austen uses in her parodies.

We will discuss the following works by Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion

This online course is limited to 20 participants.

Please register for this seminar via cmlife and also join the e-learning course to receive more information about organisational aspects and content!