This course is centered on the close reading and analysis of Jane Austen's Emma. Students are expected to understand the novel in its cultural and historical contexts and, at the same time, relate themselves to the novel. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between characters and their surroundings.
Through the close reading of the text, we will examine how the material elements, such as food, fashion or houses, are interrelated with the natural elements, such as flowers, trees or landscapes. Students are encouraged to acquire skills in the analytical reading of the text and deepen their understanding of characters' psychological interplay with their surroundings.
Jane Austen, Emma, ed. Stephen M. Parrish, W.W. Norton ＆ Co, 1999.
To be announced in class.
Active participation in discussion. Preliminary reading. Preperation for presentations.
Class attendance / reading assignments / resumes and oral presentations / end-term paper
１．Introduction ２．Realism and romance ３．Novel of manners ４．The Regency ５．Fashion ６．Mealtimes and menus ７．Food as symbol ８．Manners ９．Discussion 10．Nature and landscapes (1) 11．Nature and landscapes (2) 12．Box Hill episode 13．Austen's characters 14．Austen's narrative techniques 15．Review and discussion
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