Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

Ref: C2338262

The third of Austen’s novels to be published, Mansfield Park has always divided readers and critics. Is Austen condoning, condemning or ignoring slavery? Is her heroine Fanny lovable or loathsome? There will be plenty to discuss here, against a background of fascinating social history.

Course aim

The main purpose of this course is to explore Jane Austen's novel in detail against its biographical, historical and social contexts.

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:

  • - Give an informed account of the autobiographical, social and cultural background to 'Mansfield Park'
  • - Be able to discuss some of the opposing critical views of the novel and to express a personal view
  • - (Optional) Choose and present an extract from the novel with your own commentary
  • - (Optional) Create an original piece of writing or artwork using 'Mansfield Park' as inspiration.

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A copy of the novel - any edition - is essential, but booklets of supplementary material will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You should read 'Mansfield Park' before the course starts; if you have time, any other Austen novels, biographies or adaptations will enhance your experience of the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Jane Austen - Mansfield Park


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