Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Professor Susan Barile, Moderator

Only Jane Austen can enter a drawing room and enable the reader to feel as if they have stepped into the larger world.

On the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, we will be reading and discussing her first published work, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, which is astonishing in its modern understanding of ambiguity.

The novel portrays the lives of the Dashwood sisters who are dispossessed of a home and reduced in their position in the social order. The claims of society and personal integrity are at the heart of the novel. In the sisters’ struggle for romance, they experience heartache and ultimately must come to terms with the dichotomies of thought, feeling, prudence and passion.

Reading: Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (Penguin Classic Edition)
(Video and images will be used.) Reading of the novel is suggested, but not necessary.

Session 1 Volume I
Session 2 Volume II
Session 3 Volume III

MONDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
JAN 8
JAN 22
FEB 5

Cost $250 (3 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $125

Susan Barile

SUSAN BARILE – Assistant Professor, English Department, Hunter College. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dr. Barile holds a Master’s Degree from Hunter and a Ph.D. in Literature from The Graduate Center, NYC. She completed her dissertation on the letters of Edith Wharton written to Italian Renaissance art historian Bernard Berenson. She is also the author of The Bookworm’s Big Apple: A Guide to Manhattan’s Booksellers, published by Columbia University Press.