Spring 2020 - ENGL 322 D100

Studies in Eighteenth Century Authors (4)

Class Number: 1439

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



The study of selected 18th century works, situated in their cultural context. Students with credit for ENGL 408 may not take this course for further credit.


The Unknown Austen

Did you know that we can read the short satiric novels Jane Austen wrote when she was twelve and thirteen? That they’re hilarious? That they show she was an avid reader and fan of novels, because to skewer their cliches shows broad knowledge and deep understanding?
This course begins with Austen’s juvenilia and the early short novels “Lady Susan” and “The Watsons,” skips over the famous novels (except in brief excerpts), and then focuses on Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, both published posthumously, and “Sanditon,” unfinished when she died. We will explore the narrative modes and rhetorical/stylistic structures Austen uses in what her early readers would have identified as satire and (mock) sentimentality, and that we as postmodern critics also see as parody, metafiction, and polylogical discourse.
Students will choose what assessed work they will do in the course, when it will be due, and how much of their final grade it will be worth (within certain rules and restrictions, for which see Canvas Modules).
Students may use editions other than Broadview’s, but will not have access to their extra contextual materials, some of which we will use in class.


1/ to introduce students to literary issues involving satire and parody and to the development of the novel in late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century Britain, 

2/ to develop existing skills in reading texts critically, 

3/ to develop existing skills in expressing and supporting critical opinions, 

4/ to give students the opportunity to adapt coursework to their own needs and learning styles



Students will choose from the following menu of assessments, including at least one essay and the final exam, and adding up to 100%
• Exam 20-40%
• Research essay, historical context 25-45%
• Research essay, critical review 25-45%
• Non-research essay 20-40%
• Annotated bibliography 15-30%
• Film review 10-25%
• Creative project 10-25%
• Seminar 10-25%
• Dramatic reading 5-10%
• Participation 10-20%



Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works, packaged together from Broadview Press 
ISBN: 978-1-4881-1133-4

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

For all On-Campus Courses, please note the following:
- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:

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