Course title:
Was Jane Austen a Feminist?
Tutor:
Judith Hedley
Course ID:
C2345398
Start date:
30/09/2021
End date:
18/11/2021
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Thu 30 Sep 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Thu 07 Oct 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Thu 14 Oct 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Thu 28 Oct 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Thu 04 Nov 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Thu 11 Nov 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Thu 18 Nov 2021 19:15 PM - 21:15 PM 2
Total sessions: 7
Total number of classroom hours: 14
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 14
Date
Thu 30 Sep 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 07 Oct 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 14 Oct 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 28 Oct 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 04 Nov 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 11 Nov 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 18 Nov 2021
Times
19:15 PM - 21:15 PM
Hours
2
Total sessions:
7
Total number of classroom hours:
14
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
14
Venue:
Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
No
Programme details
Programme title:
Programme aims:
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
Fee
£44.80 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
Other

It will be assumed that you have a broad knowledge of, at least, 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Emma' and 'Persuasion', though reference will be made to all six novels during the course.

This course is for beginners and improvers
Other

It will be assumed that you have a broad knowledge of, at least, 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Emma' and 'Persuasion', though reference will be made to all six novels during the course.

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
Helen Kelly's 'Jane Austen, The Secret Radical' would be excellent preparation for this course, whether you agree with her or not.
Course aim:
This is a course for Jane Austen readers and a chance to consider her six major novels again in a different light.
Course description:
Long thought to have been a woman whose traditional values of country, church and domesticity dominated her life and writings, Jane Austen has come under scrutiny in recent years as a 'Secret Radical'. It's worth studying the novels and letters again for evidence of her real feelings about the position of women in late Georgian and Regency England, the proto-feminist arguments she - and they - may have encountered, and the compromises all were forced to make. Nothing will be easy to prove, which always makes for lively discussion of a kind Elizabeth Bennet would have relished.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Give a brief outline of the position of women between 1790 and 1817, and some of the ideas then current about the legal and social relationship of the sexes.
2. Discuss events in Austen's life that may have influenced particular events in the novels.
3. Investigate the relationships between men and women in the novels, and between women and women, in order to weigh the evidence for Austen's views. (Study dialogue in particular).
4. Discuss how Austen's popularity in the 21st century reflects on these questions. (Is it down to nostalgia? Or her essential modernity?)
5. Give your final informed view on Austen's 'feminism', with some supporting detail.
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What next?

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