Jane Austen and a Sense of Place

Ref: C3742815

We will look at the architectural background to Jane Austen’s age in order to give a sense of historical and social context to the houses in the novels, and then we shall read and discuss together relevant extracts which demonstrate the central importance of house and home. We will consider how the need for a home particularly influences her female characters’ choices and actions, and also how Jane Austen’s own experience of home feeds into her work. We will examine the various, often subtly nuanced, levels of society represented as living in the different houses and consider how their ‘sense of place’ in the world, as well as their actual place of abode, shapes their behaviour; and that of other characters towards them. Domestic life is central to Jane Austen’s novels, and by examining this in more detail we will deepen and enrich our understanding and enjoyment of her work.

Course aim

By considering the houses in Jane Austen’s work we shall see what impact house and home has on plot and character, especially for women.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain how Jane Austen uses houses and homes as devices to drive both plot and character
  • Describe how the social status of Jane Austen’s characters is revealed by the houses they live in
  • Give examples of how the need for a home particularly influences her female characters’ actions

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Whilst a familiarity with Jane Austen’s novels would be an advantage, it is not essential to have read them all as we shall be working from specific extracts given as handouts in class.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Jane Austen and a Sense of Place

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