History 4730 Syllabus
This course allows WSU students to join in the world-wide celebration
of Jane Austen and her work during the 200 anniversary of her death.
Jane Austen, from a drawing by sister Cassandra.
We will focus on analysis of Austen's work in relation to the social and cultural conditions of late 18th and early 19th century England. We will explore the ways in which Austen's work responds to and reflects the major social issues of her time (the Napoleanic wars, the abolition of the slave trade, gender inequity in laws and customs, the landed gentry and economic inequities. We will also explore the ways in which modern adaptations incorporate or, more often, ignore these themes.
- Jane Austen: A Life, Claire Tomalin
- Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, Claire Harman
- Text of recent scholarship about Austen
- additional texts as assigned
- Jane Austen's novels (online):
- Lady Susan (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1805)
- Sense and Sensibility (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1811)
- Pride and Prejudice (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1811)
- Manfield Park (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1814)
- Emma (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1815)
- Northanger Abbey (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1816)
- Persuasion (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1818)
- Movie and television presentations (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
- Pride and Prejudice (1940)
- Pride and Prejudice BBC TV mini-series (1995)
- Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)
- Pride and Prejudice (2003)
- Bride and Prejudice (2005)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- Kandukondain Kandukondan (2001)
- Sense and Sensibility (2008)
- Persuasion (1995)
- Persuasion (2007)
- Clueless (1995)
- Emma (1996)
- Jane Austen's Emma (1997)
- Emma BBC TV mini series (2009)
- Mansfield Park (1999)
- Mansfield Park (2007)
- Northanger Abbey (2008)
- Love and Friendship (2016)
- Becoming Jane (2007)
- Lost in Austen (2008)
- Austenland (2014)
- Death Comes to Pemberly (2013)
- Historical Knowledge: students will be able to:
- Explain the historical contexts of Austen's work.
- demonstrate understanding of selected adaptations of Austen's work and their relationship to Austen's original texts.
- Historical Thinking: Students will be able to
- Explain the relationship of the past to the present with specific reference to Austen's work.
- Historical Skills: Students will be able to:
- Identify arguments in historical scholarship and to evaluate them critically.
- Present their research/analyses in cogent formats.
Activities in support of learning
- Class discussions
- Formal and informal oral presentations
- Formal papers
Assessments of learning:
- 3 Formal papers related to the assigned texts (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, free of gross grammatical and spelling errors). 15 points each. Points are earned for:
- 3 Formal oral presentations related to assigned texts. ( 2 in response to films (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.; 2 in evaluation of resources)10 points each. Points are earned for:
- Presentation accomplishes the assignment, is clear, within the time limit, and without distractions = 5 points
- Handout provides relevant information with citation of sources = 3 points
- Questions were answered accurately and effectively = 3 points
- Active participation and critical thinking about the reading is essential. Careful reading is the single most important thing you can do to be successful in this course. In evaluating your participation grade, we will be looking for three main things: 1) active, regular participation; 2) direct engagement with the text by offering reflections, posing questions, pointing out problems, etc.; and 3) interaction with your peers by building on their comments, asking further questions, and putting forth a different view with respect and courtesy
Grades will a weighted percentage of points possible-not "on the curve." 94% = A
- 3 formal papers = 45 points
- 3 oral presentations= 30 points
- Participation statement = 20 points
A = 94 -100%
B = 83 - 86%
C = 73 - 76%
D = 60 - 66%