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English Literature : Gender, Humour, and the Novel: Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park)

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Valérie Cossy
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2011 -> 2011

Pas d'horaire défini.

Cours-Séminaire

Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0

Objectif

Reading and analysing literary texts within the context of feminist criticism and/or gender

Contenu

Comedy and irony are words systematically attached to Austen's novels in literary criticism. In this seminar, we shall read side by side Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Mansfield Park (1814), that is, respectively, her funniest novel and her darkest one. The focus will be on what makes us laugh in Austen's work and what it could mean for a woman novelist of her time to handle irony and comedy. Is laughter necessarily subversive as the character of Elizabeth Bennet might suggest in her dealings with Mr. Collins, Darcy or Lady Catherine de Bourgh? Or is laughter a privilege that Mary Crawford can enjoy but not Fanny Price? Can Mansfield Park be described as a satire? Were "proper ladies" expected to rely on the forms of humour displayed by Austen in her work? These are some of the questions we shall discuss in class.

Evaluation

Essay

Bibliographie

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Penguin Classics
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Penguin Classics
[books available from early September at Basta, Anthropole]

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Informations supplémentaires

http://www.unil.ch/angl/

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