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I've just found this interesting online course about Jane Austen offered by the Departmnet of Continuing Education of Oxford University.
OverviewMany readers enjoy Austen’s novels but cannot define the qualities that make them so special and enduring. This course will help you to analyse Austen’s style and techniques, and give you a greater knowledge of the novels’ context, which will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of reading them.
DescriptionJane Austen’s six major novels have hardly been out of print for two hundred years. Many readers enjoy them but cannot always define the qualities that make Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion so enduring and so rewarding for reading and rereading. This course helps students to learn to analyse Austen’s characteristic style and techniques and thus gain an enhanced appreciation of her art. It also looks at the historical and literary contexts of the novels, allowing students to gain a greater understanding of their themes and sub-texts. The course is suitable for those new to Austen’s writing as well as for the devoted Janeite. Though the topics covered range across all six major novels, and those who have read all six will be able to use that knowledge, each week’s required reading includes key sections of one novel.
Unit 1: Who was Jane Austen? Biography and biographies; Family history; Letters.
Unit 2: Jane Austen’s language and style: The narrative voice; Dialogue; Perspective; Inner and outer; How to analyse an Austen novel.Unit 3: Sense and Sensibility: Background: Elinor and Marianne; the epistolary novel; The literature of Sensibility; Romanticism; Siblings in Austen’s work.
Unit 4: Northanger Abbey; Background: the Gothic novel and Gothic novel readers; Ann Radcliffe; Pastiche and parody.
Unit 5: Pride and Prejudice: Background: marriage and property in Austen’s time; soldiers and militia men; The ‘courtship ordeal novel’; Fashion in Austen’s time.
Unit 6: Mansfield Park: Background: The Georgian, the Augustan and the Regency; Imperialism, and Mansfield Park; Mothers and home-makers.
Unit 7: Emma: Background: dancing games and puzzles in Austen’s writing; Governesses; Irony; Parents in Austen’s novels.
Unit 8: Persuasion: Background: Bath and Lyme; the Navy in Austen’s time; Persuasion and persuasiveness; The cancelled section of Persuasion.
Unit 9: Happy ever after?: Austen’s novels: anti-romance?; Love, weddings, and marriage; Austen’s endings; Further reading on Austen.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following books (all by Jane Austen):
• Sense and Sensibility,
• Northanger Abbey and Other Works
• Pride and Prejudice
• Mansfield Park
Students will be required to read the introductions to, and extracts from, all six novels. You will be encouraged to read as much as is practical of all of the novels.
The course will start in January 2011
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU Fee: £180.00
- Non-EU Fee: £285.00
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