Course: Pride and Prometheus: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Date / Time

  • March 26, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 9, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 23, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 7, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 21, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


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This course will explore perhaps the two most popular English language novels of the 19th Century: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Published just five years apart these two novels reflect very different cultural milieux, yet both were trailblazing in their genres.

Austen grew up in the late 18th Century in a family that had connections to the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, as well as the British Empire’s trading efforts in the East. Shelley’s radical parents, Godwin and Wollstonecraft helped shape that revolutionary time and their daughter inherited not only their ideas, but was also a full participant in the Romantic cultural landscape.

We’ll see how the ideas and cultural events of their shared era resonate throughout both novels and find some points of intersection in their views and perspectives.


Pride and Prometheus Syllabus

About the Instructor

Edward G. Pettit is the Sunstein Manager of Programs at The Rosenbach and has taught courses on Austen (Northanger Abbey, Emma), Shelley’s Frankenstein, and many other authors and topics including Edgar Allan Poe, vampire literature, mystery and suspense fiction, and Charles Dickens.  When not attending Moby-Dick Marathon Readings, he can usually be found at literary-themed cocktail parties.

About Rosenbach Courses

Revisit beloved classics or experience new ones with Rosenbach courses. Book lovers delve into fiction, history, and poetry with the guidance of a literary expert and the company of other readers. Tuition varies according to length of the course; Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above receive a 10% discount on tuition.