Literature: Jane Austen and the Search for Home

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This four week course will be a mix of biographical content about Jane Austen's own experience of home in the various places she lived, together with the study of the homes she presents in her novels. We will combine illustrated talks with close reading and discussion of extracts from the novels, and consider how her own experience of home influences her fiction, and what parallels we can draw between the two.

Course aim

To discover and explore Jane Austen's homes, both real and fictional.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name three different places where Jane Austen lived.
  • Describe the effect that her home had on her writing
  • Draw parallels between the experience of a character in a novel, with Jane Austen's own life.
  • Offer an informed opinion on what Jane Austen considered important in a home.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

I shall put the relevant extracts that we will be working from up on Canvas each week for the following session, so you can print them out, read them in advance, and bring them to class; but an existing familiarity with the novels would be very useful for this course, although not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Literature: Jane Austen and the Search for Home

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