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ENGL1019: Jane Austen, Then and Now

What does it mean to read literature historically? And what does it mean to relocate classic texts to contemporary contexts? This unit will address these questions by focusing on the example of Jane Austen, one of Britain's most celebrated novelists. We will analyse how these novels engage the literary, social and political debates of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Then, through consideration of recent adaptations, students will analyse the reading processes that allow some novelists to escape their history.

Code ENGL1019
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. assess the relationship between imaginative literature and its historical, literary and cultural context
  • LO2. comprehend Austen’s place in debates about literary value, canonicity and reading pleasure
  • LO3. analyse Austen’s fiction in ways that are imaginative, reasoned and well-supported
  • LO4. communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately both in writing and to others
  • LO5. use the library and scholarly databases to identify appropriate secondary resources

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