When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Caroline Ings-Chambers
  • Course Code W21HMSC07A

What you will learn

On this course, we will discuss and analyse the enduring and exhilarating qualities of Austen’s writing. Exploring her later works: ‘Mansfield Park', 'Emma', and 'Persuasion', we will discuss the universal appeal of Austen's vivid characters and lively plots. Students may choose to read the novels as we move through the course, or to read them in advance of the course starting. This course aims are developing literary appreciation of Jane Austen's works in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the later novels of Jane Austen with confidence and literary appreciation
  • Appreciate each novel in terms of plot structure, comedy, realism, character development, and subtlety.
  • Identify Jane Austen’s literary style in terms of wit, irony, precision, polish, economy of description.
  • Describe the cultural and social context in which Jane Austen’s novels are set.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Each of the later novels: ‘Mansfield Park', 'Emma', and 'Persuasion' will be discussed during two lessons. As we move through the course, opportunities increasingly arise for comparing and cross referencing the novels with one another. Open discussions about the novels offer students a forum within which to make their own contributions towards the appreciation of Jane Austen’s works. Additionally, tutor led activities including mini lectures, close textual analysis, and structured thematic debates deepen and develop students’ understanding of the novels.

    Entry requirements

    Good standard of ability at reading and speaking English.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course will be delivered on line via Zoom.

    What you need

    Access to copies of the novels on the course: 'Mansfield Park', 'Emma', 'Persuasion'

    You will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access to use the Zoom Application.

    What you can do next

    Further nineteenth century literature courses: 'Victorian Classic Authors: Series 1' and 'Victorian Classic Authors: Series 2'