This course is centered on the close reading and analysis of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey(1818), her first novel. Particular attention will be paid to the novel's function as a parody of Gothic romance. Students are expected to understand the novel in its cultural and historical contexts while relating themselves to the novel as an entertaining parody.
We will first discuss some characteristics of Northanger Abbey as "the novel of manners" and then examine how the characteristics contrast with those of the contemporary Gothic romance, in particular, Ann Radcliff's Mysteries of Udolpho. We will attempt to clarify how the romantic and unromantic elements are interwoven in the text of Northanger Abbey .
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 paper
１．Introduction: Jane Austen and her works ２．Austen's early writings ３．Gothic romance ４．Ann Radcliff, Mysteries of Udolpho ５．Catherine as an unlikely heroine ６．Henry as an unlikely hero ７．Jane Austen and fashion ８．Jane Austen and food ９．General Tilney as a villain 10．General Tilney's kitchen 11．"Self-conscious" narrative (1) 12．"Self-conscious" narrative (2) 13．Free Indirect Speech 14．Review and discussion 15．Preparing for the graduation thesis
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