This course will focus on Jane Austen (1775-1817) and a selection of her writings. The materials will cover a few of Austen’s letters as well as three of her novels, including Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Northanger Abbey (1817). The course aims to familiarize students with the social, economic, and cultural contexts of the late eighteenth century and the Regency Period in England. The lectures will also comprise discussions on many important issues concerning the author and women of her time, such as fashion, domestic economy, marriage, single women, female authorship, and etc.