|Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy
Seminar in Major Authors (ENGL 341)
TTh 9:45-11 (JH 108)
Office: JH 311, 869-5085
Office Hours: MW 1-2, TTh 2-3, and by appointment
Texts (to be read
in this order)
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
Penguin Classic. ISBN: 0141439513.
---. Emma. Penguin Classic.
---. Persuasion. Penguin Classic.
Hardy, Thomas. Far from the Madding
Crowd. Penguin Classic. ISBN: 0141439653.
---. The Return of the Native.
Penguin Classic. ISBN: 0140435182.
---. Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
Penguin Classic. ISBN 0141439599.
Description and Goals
Jane Austen's novels emerge from an aristocratic
age, Thomas Hardy's from a democratic one--they bracket the 19th century.
While courtship is the major theme, Austen's larger concern is the relationship
of the couple to society; Hardy's the relationship of the couple (or the
two individually) to an inhuman, natural world. And while Austen's
novels are gently satirical and comic, Hardy's are realistic and typically
tragic. We'll consider the factors, cultural and temperamental, that
account for this difference in tone, mood, theme, and formal design.
We'll also try to see each novel as an autonomous creation and a part of
a coherent body of work. Austen and Hardy are perennially popular
novelists, film versions of whose work have also enjoyed commercial success.
These illuminate both the world of the novels and the novels themselves--be
prepared to meet occasionally through the 11-o'clock hour to watch a film.
(Tentative dates appear on the Calendar of Assignments.)
You'll keep a reading journal, write two essays, and take two tests--with
the general aim of becoming a better informed and more attentive and creative
reader, whose analytical and interpretive skills manifest an ever greater
sophistication and whose writing displays an ever finer clarity of expression.
Active participation (10%). You'll be participating
actively in this course if you attend class regularly (missing only for
official, College-sponsored activities or for emergencies), meet all deadlines,
and demonstrate your engagement in the course by contributing valuably
to in-class discussions and by scoring consistently well on reading quizzes.
It is unlikely that you will receive full credit for participation if you
miss more than two weeks of class. It is the Department's policy
that anyone missing more than three weeks of class (six classes) for
any reason will fail the course. Reading quizzes will come,
if they do, at the beginning of the period. If you are late for class,
you will miss the quiz. You may make up a reading quiz only if you
are absent because of required participation in a College-sponsored off-campus
event, and then you may submit on the day of your return to class 10 objective
questions and answers about the assignment that was due when you were absent.
Journal (20%). A brief reflection on the
week's assignment is due each Friday by 3 PM. (Exceptions are Weeks
7 and 8 and Preparation Week.) We'll discuss in class the content
of these reflections and the format.
Two essays (40%). You'll write two essays
of at least 1250 words, one on Austen's novels (due Tuesday, October 11)
and one on Hardy's novels (due Tuesday, December 6, Preparation Week),
on topics to be announced.
Test on Austen (10%). There will be an
objective test on Austen Thursday, October 6.
Summary of Grading
Final exam (20%). There will be a cumulative
test on Austen and Hardy on a date to be announced by the Registrar.
A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59
Active participation (10%)
Journal of weekly reflections (20%)
Essays on Austen and Hardy (40%)
Test on Austen (10%)
Final exam (20%)
(August 20--subject to revision)
|Weeks 1-2 (August 23-September 1)
Pride and Prejudice
|Week 3 (September 6-8)
Pride and Prejudice (T)
Film: Sense and Sensibility (Th)
|Weeks 4-5 (September 13-22)
|Week 6 (September 27-29)
|Week 7 (October 4-6)
|Week 8 (October 11-13)
Essay on Austen (due T)
Film: Mansfield Park (T)
Fall Break (Th)
|Weeks 9-10 (October 18-27)
Far from the Madding Crowd
|Week 11 (November 1-3)
The Return of the Native
|Week 12 (November 8-10)
The Return of the Native (T)
Film: Jude (Th)
|Week 13 (November 15-17)
The Return of the Native (T)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Th)
|Week 14 (November 29-December 1)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
|Week 15 (December 6-8)
Essay on Hardy (T)
Film: Tess (TTh)