This course is centered on the close reading and analysis of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1818). Particular attention will be paid to the novel's “self-reflexive” elements; the narrator's observations on writing and reading. Their later development will also be considered.
We will first examine Austen's early writings and then discuss Northanger Abbey as a parody of Gothic romance. We will see how the novel grew out of a mere parody to establish itself as a new type of fiction. The class will be conducted in English.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Norton Critical Edition, 2004.
To be announced in class.
Active participation in discussion. Preliminary reading. Preperation for presentations.
Class attendance / reading assignments / resumes and oral presentations / end-term papers
１．Introduction ２．Austen's early writings (1) ３．Austen's early writings (2) ４．Francis Burney, Evelina ５．Gothic romance ６．Ann Radcliff, Mysteries of Udolpho ７．Catherine as a heroine ８．Henry as a hero ９．General Tilney as a villain? (1) 10．General Tilney as a villain? (2) 11．"Self-conscious" narrative (1) 12．"Self-conscious" narrative (2) 13．Free Indirect Speech (1) 14．Free Indirect Speech (2) 15．Review and Discussion
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