Art and Design in the Age of Jane Austen
“Pride and Prejudice” as a Window into Issues of the Day
We will discuss Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in which she alludes to issues such as the unmarried woman, inherited wealth, abduction, and sexual scandal, as well as the Napoleonic wars. Austen knew that contemporary readers understood the social and political issues of their day and that they could envision the private homes of her protagonists without elaborate descriptions. To enrich your appreciation of Austen, the course for those 50 and over will meet Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. from October 15 through November 12. Instructor Mary Lindner will address social mores, neoclassical architecture, interior design, and clothing. Many of them can be seen in recent BBC videos, parts of which we will watch as we cover the novel’s rich background.
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