Celebrating Jane Austen

Ref: C2338012

Whether you are a true 'Janeite' or have simply enjoyed 'Pride and Prejudice' on film or television, sharing Jane Austen's writing with others is a rewarding experience which brings out her mastery of human feeling as well as her devastating wit. Nor is controversy ever far away - was her life entirely genteel and uneventful, or was there a radical, even a revolutionary Jane Austen?

Course aim

The course aims to explore and celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen 200 years after her death.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • - Outline Jane Austen's life and its historical context in broad terms.
  • - Discuss at least one Austen novel in more deatil.
  • - Outline current critical theories about Jane Austen and her work.
  • (Optional) - Share with the class a piece of creative writing or research into an aspect that interests me (e.g. music, costume)

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Claire Tomalin's biography of Jane Austen (Penguin, 1997) is highly readable and a good start. Students may want to revisit their favourite Austen novel, or read a less familiar one, before the course begins.

What can I do next?

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Celebrating Jane Austen


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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