Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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Of Marriages and Manners: Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Though sometimes derided as an early form of superficial “chick lit”, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is in fact a sophisticated “novel of manners” suffused with penetrating sociological and psychological analyses of the British gentry of Austen’s day. This course is devoted to the close reading and discussion of Austen’s famous and well-loved novel with an eye towards understanding both Austen’s social critique in general and her assessment of the predicament of women in particular, as well as an appreciation of Austen’s literary craft.

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Instructor

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Adam Rose

Educated principally at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago, Adam Rose is a teacher and scholar with over 20 years’ experience leading exceptionally effective, award-winning Great Books discussion courses in Western Classics for adult and undergraduate students of diverse ages and backgrounds. Mr. Rose’s teaching emphasizes the development of students’ cognitive skills (close reading, analytical thinking, careful listening, precise speaking and powerful writing) and critical empathy (viewpoint appreciation) as part of facilitating a multifaceted appreciation of the text(s) studied. Mr. Rose is the President and Education Director of Great Discourses.

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170601

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  • 4 Weeks

Duration: 

  • 1 hr 45 min

Tuition: 

US$ 145

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“Early Bird” reduced tuition (US$ 115) is available through June 12, 2017.

Section A(Course #: 170601A)

Day/Time:
Thursday, 6:00pm CT
Period:
Jun 29, 2017 to Jul 20, 2017

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General Information

Like all Great Discourses discussion courses, this live, interactive online discussion course is designed to facilitate the collaborative close readings of classics in ways that help participants transform the challenging into the exhilarating and elevating through “Aha!” moments of profound discovery. Participation requires an Internet-enabled computer or mobile device. The course is open to adults from all walks of life (and to mature teens with parental consent) and does not require any specialized prior knowledge or experience. Students do a modest amount of reading homework in preparation for each live online class session, but there are no papers, no tests and no grades. The readings and discussion are in English.

Books

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (1813).
Recommended Edition: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199535569.
View/Buy at: Amazon (US), Amazon (CA), Amazon (UK), Amazon (IN), Amazon (AU)

Please Note

You are responsible for obtaining your own copy of each book used in this discussion course. Most books are available in a number of editions, in both print and digital formats. All editions are acceptable unless otherwise noted, although print format texts are generally recommended. If you do choose to use a digital text, try to access it on a device other than the one you will using to connect to the online classroom.

Additional Readings

This course may have additional short readings that will be used during the first class session as well as during other class sessions. These will be available to you on the dedicated course page at the Great Discourses Collaboratory Online Course Center once you have completed your registration for this course.

Homework

To get the most out of this discussion course, you will have to do a modest amount of reading homework in between class sessions — usually about two hours of reading for each hour of class time. No homework is required before the first class session (although some technical and general preparation is required).

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What students are saying

Although (for me at least) the reading seemed voluminous, it stretched my study discipline. Often the class interaction with Mr. Rose seemed like a pleasant dinner party with Rose as a host when we all lingered over coffee, cognac and cigars and so stimulating. I never felt remiss if I did not complete the reading, his recapitulation of the assignment was so complete, I loved it.

Adam Rose consistently promotes stimulating and even controversial discussion in the classroom, no matter what the subject matter. He pushes you to think carefully and widely about the material and never makes you feel that your contributions are ridiculous. He has a great sense of humor and fun that make learning and discussing memorable. I have learned a tremendous amount under his guidance but mostly learned how to think more clearly and creatively.

Adam Rose invited me to think along with him. Voilà, I found myself also thinking for myself on a number of new levels.

Adam Rose is a fabulous teacher who challenged his class on every level. I communicate more clearly, think more rationally, and explore more deeply as a result of his teaching.