Tea With Mr Darcy

Ref: C3675605

White soup at the Netherfield ball, hot-house fruit at Pemberley, humbler fare at Longbourne - the food served on social occasions in Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' is revealing not only of social history but also of character. We may not be able to offer Colin Firth in a wet shirt, but with Mr Darcy as our guide and food as our focus this should be a lively day school.

Course aim

A light-hearted look at food and fiction in the time of Jane Austen. Regency snacks will be provided.

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:

  • Describe some of the essential features of food provision, mealtimes and typical recipes in 1790 -1813.
  • Cite ways in which Austen uses food (e.g. for drama, for characterisation, for atmosphere) in 'Pride and Prejudice' and other Austen novels you may know.
  • Give an opinion of the Regency snacks provided.

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

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
  • As this is a day school, feedback will be informal and individual help will depend on numbers attending.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You may enjoy reading or re-reading 'Pride and Prejudice', or watching a filmed version, but the course is designed to be accessible without pre-reading.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to wider reading - or to trying out some 200-year-old recipes.

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Tea With Mr Darcy


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