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Module Code: ENG214
Module Title: Jane Austen
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module introduces students to Jane Austen, focusing on the language, politics, representational technique, literary style, and historical significance of the novels. Students will consider issues of reception and adaptation, and resonances in modern global culture, with particular reference to the USA and China. Students will also consider how the novels embody and represent historical and cultural issues, with a particular focus on Austen’s ‘woman’s sentence’. Through reading, watching (in filmed productions), and discussing Austen’s novels, students will develop advanced skills in critical thinking and persuasive literary-critical writing.

Overall the module aims to:

• Introduce students to Austen’s novels, covering texts which are common cultural reference points;

• Provide historical, theoretical, formal, and thematic frameworks for thinking about and interpreting texts by Austen, her influences and contemporaries

• Encourage consideration of relationships between texts and contexts, production and reception, in national and global perspectives

• Encourage original and persuasive responses to texts, informed by close reading and knowledge of key interpretative perspectives

Learning outcomes 
A. read and respond critically to Austen as a nineteenth-century author and as a figure in historic and contemporary popular culture

B. analyze Austen texts with an appropriate combination of formal, contextual, and theoretical approaches

C. structure coherent, informed, detailed and reflective critical essays about Austen

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into lectures and seminars. Lectures introduce relevant knowledge and ideas. Seminars facilitate reflective critical discussions about specific texts and contexts. Screenings allow students to see and reflect on Austen in adaptation and in popular culture.
Texts and topics are subject to change.

1. Lady Susan and Sense and Sensibility

2. Issues in Austen: Free Indirect Narration

3. Pride and Prejudice

4. Issues in Austen: The Politics of Style

5. Mansfield Park

6. Issues in Austen: History, Slavery, War

7. Emma

8. Issues in Austen: Writing Women

9. Northanger Abbey

10. Issues in Austen: Gothic novels

11. Persuasion

12. Austen in Literary History

13. Austen in Popular Culture
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13   26        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Portfolio 40.00
2 Coursework Essay 60.00

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