This interdisciplinary course will focus on five novels by Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. Each novel will provide a starting point from which we will explore the representation of broad themes of historical and literary significance relating to late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain. We will examine the ways in which knowledge of the period in which Austen wrote enriches our understanding of her fiction and how the novels in turn participate in certain crucial debates and developments of the period. Topics to be covered will include the representation within the novels of the following: the Navy, marriage and adultery, fashion and consumption, slavery and empire, the landed estate, Bath, the concept of 'improvement', the female reading public and its institutions, leisure, the Gothic, ideas of the family and domesticity, music, the theatre, female friendship, philanthropy and science. We will also examine the significance of the Austen 'craze' with reference to film and television versions of the novels as well as Austen's presence on the internet.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the historical contexts of Jane Austen’s fiction to specific novels by Austen and their adaptations into film.
- Identify key elements that are distinctive of Austen’s narrative style and artistic achievement.
- Discuss and write analytically about what Austen’s fiction tells us about Regency England.
- Critically evaluate the relationship between the historical Austen and the complex cultural phenomenon that presents Austen to us at the beginning of the 21st century.
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms
and concepts integral to literary studies.
One 2,000 word essay (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
One 2,500 word essay (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
One 1,000 word critical analysis (20%) [LO 2, 5]
Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
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130 hours across the semester, comprised of 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial, and 7.5 hours of associated reading/study time per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility,
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice,
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park,
Jane Austen, Emma,
Jane Austen, Persuasion.
Austen, Sense and Sensibility
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|4616||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|