The seminar’s 16 participants will seek significant new insights about Jane Austen by reading her closely alongside now understudied (but once well-known) writers of her own day. The class will meet from June 18-July 20, 2012, at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.
Despite valuable scholarship that considers Austen alongside Sir Walter Scott, Frances Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria Edgeworth, or the so-called “big six” Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, and Keats), there remains a tendency to write and teach about Austen in a restricted frame of reference, in single-author studies or major author courses.
These seminars, which come with a stipend of $3,900, are designed primarily for those who teach American undergraduate students, although qualified independent scholars are also eligible to apply. Two spaces in the seminar are reserved for graduate students.
The need to deepen our claims about Austen has arisen at least in part because, in recent years, the scholarly landscape for Austen studies (and, indeed, for most eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers) has changed radically. We will work together to make sense of when to use emerging digital technologies to attempt to answer scholarly questions and when to seek out paper-based materials, both print and manuscript.
The deadline for application is 1 March 2012. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Looser with any questions you may have:
Devoney Looser, Professor of English
Co-Editor, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Tate Hall 114
Department of English
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211