Starts: 11 Jan 2022
Jane Austen – The Later Novels
What you will learn
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.
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.
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'