• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Literature

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Apply understanding of the historical contexts of Jane Austen’s fiction to specific novels by Austen and their adaptations into film.
  2. Identify key elements that are distinctive of Austen’s narrative style and artistic achievement.
  3. Discuss and write analytically about what Austen’s fiction tells us about Regency England.
  4. 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.
  5. Successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

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 of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Masters level program. Incompatible with HIST2006 or GEND2074 or ENGL2074

Prescribed Texts

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility,

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice,

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park,

Jane Austen, Emma,

Jane Austen, Persuasion.

Preliminary Reading

Austen, Sense and Sensibility


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4097 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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