The first part of this course will examine how laughter works in Jane Austen’s comic masterpieces, primarily Pride and Prejudice, and how the limits on laughter’s usefulness are discovered, and what happens then! The second half of the course will look at how Charles Dickens famously celebrated food and eating in his fiction (Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and Our Mutual Friend may be discussed.) The method of presentation will include lectures and discussion. The final class will draw together what we have discovered and explored during the course.
Eileen M. Conway holds degrees from the U of Toronto (Modern Languages), Harvard (English), and Newman Theological College (Divinity), and taught undergraduates in the English Department at U of A for more than 15 years. Her interests also include Milton, mystery fiction, metaphysical poetry, and children’s literature. The joy of her life has been bringing together people and texts.