ECON 140 - First-Year Seminar in Economics
Fall 2013, Section 001 - Jane Austen and Economics
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Subject: Economics (ECON)
Department: LSA Economics
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Course Note:
This First Year Seminar focuses on specific interdisciplinary topics in Economics of current interest. Topics vary each term.
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Jane Austen’s beloved novels are universally acknowledged to be some of the greatest works of English literature — but they are also treasure-troves of information about economics. This seminar will introduce you to some of the most intriguing questions and methods in the field of economics through an in-depth study of Austen’s novels. Combining hands-on economic analysis with literary analysis, we will explore questions such as:

  • how did economic conditions motivate Austen to write?
  • How did she address calculations of wealth and poverty?
  • How did changes in financial markets, inheritance laws, and the economics of marriage affect the lives of the men and women in her novels?


ECON 140 - First-Year Seminar in Economics
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
9/3/13 - 12/11/13

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