Admit it…you’ve seen a recent production of a Jane Austen-based movie and you liked it—Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, or even the new production of Love and Friendship.
Ask yourself why, in our world of fast cars, faster technology, and electronic relationships, anyone would be interested in Jane Austen and her 19th century concerns and customs. The answer is that, like any author who has stood the test of time, Jane’s themes and plots are universally valuable.
We will examine Jane’s major novels and, through comparative study and literary analysis, study her characterization, themes, plots, setting, and other techniques. As such, this course is a good prerequisite for the Advanced Placement® English Literature class’s literary analysis requirement.
But this isn’t just a literature class—it’s a cultural study. Students will read, discuss, and learn to understand Jane’s universal themes, reach deep into the foundational truths of these timeless stories, and come away with valuable wisdom for facing our own 21st century challenges.
“Dear New Austenisms Student,
If you’re not familiar with Miss Austen’s works, welcome. You’ll get a kick out of the books, I can attest to that. If you think you know everything about Jane and her novels, well…I can assure you, you’ll be proven wrong very quickly. Either way, you’ll learn and interpret so much from the books in the 16 weeks you’ll be here for. You’ll leave with a respect for older literature that you never thought you’d have…and with another fandom to add to your probably already long list.” ~Student, Jemmie
Note to Parents:
- This course is one of Athena’s Upper Level Language Arts courses. Click for more information.