Virtual Course | Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility with Dr. Kathleen Hudson [in progress]

Date / Time

  • January 31, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • February 21, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • March 14, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 4, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Sponsored by Gage Johnston and Jack I. Jallo 


  • Tuition for this course is $200.
  • Rosenbach members receive a 10% discount on tuition.
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  • This course is limited to participants who are 17 years of age or older.
  • Before the first meeting, The Rosenbach will send the Zoom link for course meetings. 
  • Two complimentary tickets to visit The Rosenbach are included with your paid registration for this virtual course. You will receive the discount code in your email confirmation and tickets can be booked here. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation.
  • If you have questions about registration, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on November 15, for members on November 22, and for the general public on November 29.


Course Description

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” (Sense and Sensibility, Vol. I, Chapter XVII)  

One of the most well-loved of Jane Austen’s classic  novels, Sense and Sensibility follows  Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they navigate loss, love, and attempt, as Edward Ferrars puts it so accurately, to “be perfectly happy… in my own way”. Showing the tensions between the rules of propriety and the difficulties  of romantic relationships , Austen’s brilliant novel is about  the Dashwood family’s journey as they seek a sense of place and identity and accept the nature of emotional truth.  

In this course we will examine the literary, social, and cultural contexts surrounding Austen’s work as well as the ongoing evolution of the characters and nuances of the text.  We will use supplemental materials to better understand the key elements of Sense and Sensibility. We will discuss this novel as a product of, and insightful response to, a celebrated  literary history and the understanding of both ‘sense’ and ‘sensibility’.  Also, we will discuss how issues such as gender, class, gossip, privacy, and domesticity are used in the development of the novel’s heroines.  While focused primarily on the novel, we will also examine the popular film and TV adaptations of Sense and Sensibility and discuss this novel’s enduring cultural impact . Friendly, comprehensive, and fun, this course is ideal for lifelong Jane Austen lovers as well as first-time readers!  

 Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility with Dr. Kathleen Hudson Syllabus


About the Instructor

Kathleen Hudson earned her postgraduate degree from the University of Sheffield. She is the author of Servants and the Gothic: 1764-1831, A half-told tale and editor of the edited collection Women’s Authorship and the Early Gothic: Legacies and Innovationsand has published widely on Gothic literature, class narratives, and women’s writing, including contributing to the University of Sheffield MOOC: “Literature of the Country House”. She currently works as an adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy and Anne Arundel Community College and is a featured cohost on The Rosenbach’s Sundays with Jane Eyre 

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships may be available for this course. For more information, please contact Emilie Parker at [email protected].

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