Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice (1813), tells the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Despite what Austen called its “light, and bright, and sparkling” surface, the novel explores thought-provoking issues related to money and matrimony, rank and social class, morality and manners.

Fellows will consider such questions as: does Austen uphold traditional institutions – marriage and class, in particular – against reform and revolution, or does she subtly undermine them? How is the binary of irony and earnestness or sentimentality depicted over the course of the novel? How are familial and romantic relationships developed or obstructed by different attitudes toward expression and communication?

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Christopher Scalia

Christopher J. Scalia is a senior fellow in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies department at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on literature, culture, and higher education. Prior to his role at AEI, Dr. Scalia was an English professor with a specialty in 18th-century and early 19th-century British literature.

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