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Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Editor(s): Marcia McClintock Folsom

Pages: xii & 186 pp.
Published: 1993
ISBN: 9780873527149

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular and widely taught works of English literature. Despite its enormous appeal--the novel has been in print almost continuously since its publication in 1812--there are few scholarly works devoted to teaching it. As Marcia McClintock Folsom notes in her introduction to Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice, respondents to an MLA survey on teaching this Austen novel expressed the need for relevant background materials, brief reviews of criticism, and descriptions of pedagogical strategies

This volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews available editions of Pride and Prejudice and works of criticism. The section also includes a handy biographical chronology and a map. In the second part, "Approaches," sixteen teachers offer ideas for presenting the novel in the classroom, such as examining the social and economic conditions of late-eighteenth-century England; discussing biographical details, Austen's unpublished writing (e.g., her juvenilia and letters), and the influence of other works on her fiction; considering the structure and themes of the novel; and analyzing Austen's use of language. This collection is an indispensable resource for teachers of courses ranging from introductory literature surveys and continuing-education classes to graduate-level seminars.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Marcia McClintock Folsom



Strategies for Discussion

A Jane Austen Chronology
John McAleer
A Map for Pride and Prejudice
Jane Langton


Social History and Austen's Life

The Economic Realities of Jane Austen's Day
Edward Copeland

Home at Last: Biographical Background to Pride and Prejudice
Ruth Perry

The "Social History" of Pride and Prejudice
Julia Prewitt Brown

"I Am a Gentleman's Daughter": A Marxist-Feminist Reading of Pride and Prejudice
Johanna M. Smith

Austen's Unpublished Writing and Her Reading

Peevish Accents in the Juvenilia: A Feminist Key to Pride and Prejudice
Susan Fraiman

Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen's Female Friendships
Deborah Kaplan

Literary Allusion in Pride and Prejudice
Kenneth L. Moler

The Influence of Richardson on Pride and Prejudice
Jocelyn Harris

Teaching about Structure and Theme

"Taking Different Positions": Knowing and Feeling in Pride and Prejudice
Marcia McClintock Folsom

Surprise in Pride and Prejudice
Bruce Stovel

Teaching about the Marriage Plot
Pamela S. Bromberg

Family Plots: Pride and Prejudice as a Novel about Parenting
Paula Bennett

Teaching about Language

A Feminist and Formalist Approach to Close Reading
Elizabeth Langland

The Duets of Pride and Prejudice
Marylea Meyersohn

The New Romance in Pride and Prejudice
Susan Kneedler

Talking about Talking
Juliet McMaster

Works Cited and Consulted


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