Austen Legal

Austen Legal assignment (100 points)

As you read through Sense and Sensibility, you hopefully kept track of the many occurrences of the word on which you wrote your Austen OED assignment. Now that you’ve finished the novel, revisit a few scenes in which your word appeared, and close-read them again. In a few paragraphs, and with the aide of quotes from and engagement with the text, describe how that word functioned in the scene and what it added to the scene. What effect does Austen’s use of legalistic or epistemological diction in the novel have on our reading of it? Share this file with me, in a google doc (go to and log in with your university email address).


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Associate Professor of Literature :: Yale-NUS College

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