Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose

Director & Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute


Jane Austen and the Moral Life


Jane Austen wrote romantic comedies about smart young women looking for good husbands.  But her novels are also charged with moral significance, and offer guidance, both serious and hilarious, in the virtuous conduct of life.  Her heroines learn about the importance of good character and the social virtues that perfect it.  Sense and Sensibility tells the story of two sisters  who learn these lessons (and others!) through the struggles with courtship and their search for marriage. We will meet to discuss the novel and to talk about the relationship between literature and ethics.  A free copy of the book will be provided to all participants. For more information, please respond to this email.

Dates: Thursdays on 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27.
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Reading schedule:

5/30: Sense and Sensibility, pp. 3-48.
6/6: pp. 48-102.
6/13: pp. 103-149
6/20: pp. 150-191
6/27: pp. 191-289.

Location: Berkeley Institute 2134 Allston Way

This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.