4 August 2017
Jane Austen’s England
This module examines Jane Austen’s life and work within the context of her time and in relation to her contemporaries. It will also explore Austen’s place within literary history, as well as locating her work and her world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by comparing and contrasting the original texts with TV and film adaptations, sequels and textual transformations at the hands of modern directors and writers.
The module will begin with a focus on skills required for literary analysis and Austen’s critical reception, as well as covering research methods and modes of accessing available resources, in order to better prepare students for the subsequent fields of study and for the assessed part of the module. All six novels will be discussed, although lectures and seminars will predominantly focus on extracts from the novels that explore particular themes of interest, such as female education. Throughout the module of three weeks, film versions of the novels will also be screened.
This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
Learning outcomes and objectives
By the end of the module, you should have:
• built your awareness of Austen’s place within the context of her time, with a deeper understanding of attitudes towards the roles of men and women and of Regency metropolitanism and village / rural ways of life.
• developed your knowledge of genre fiction and the debates on Austen’s place within genre and her attitudes to it.
• improved your techniques of close-reading, textual analysis and historical / context analysis.
• gained the ability to compare and contrast modern dramatic adaptations with the original texts.
• gained the ability to synthesise and evaluate a range of sources and media, to assimilate literary theory and contextual knowledge, and to apply these approaches in essays and oral presentations.
Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.
GBP 1500: Tuition Fee