Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

A Great Books Discussion Course

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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.





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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  • 4 Weeks


  • 1 hr 45 min


US$ 145


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

Section A(Course #: 170601A)

Thursday, 6:00pm CT
Jun 29, 2017 to Jul 20, 2017

Course Documents

Please Note

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.


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.


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

In Adam Rose’s class, for each of the texts, I experienced many epiphany moments where the discussion shed light on important themes I had missed in my own reading. Besides learning the texts, I felt Adam helped me become a better reader.

Adam Rose runs a class the way I believe it is supposed to run. He guides discussion through questions, and he expects us to be able to support our views with references to the texts. He will provide some background information where necessary, but without giving us a lecture. He does this with a good sense of humor and respect for everyone. He is not afraid to curb discussion when it gets off the subject.

When Adam Rose teaches, we learn! He can dissect and explain any text in such a way that I feel I have a handle on the concepts. He never lets the conversation veer off course. He can draw out people’s ideas and he’s a master of Socratic questioning. I’ve never had a teacher who can facilitate a discussion as well or bring more ideas to mind. He makes us think we’ve discovered the ideas on our own and gets our wheels spinning like no one else!

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.