The World that Jane Austen Knew: Women, Gender and Culture in England

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The World that Jane Austen Knew: Women, Gender and Culture in England

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History, Women's and Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    What did it mean to be a woman in Georgian England? This course investigates the lives and words of duchesses and dairy-maids, businesswomen and servants, spinsters and widows, naughty adulteresses and virtuous mothers, politicians and shopgirls. Students will use images, love-letters, novels, magazines, court records, sermons and diaries to explore the diversity of roles women played, continuity and change. Gender is nothing if not a relationship, so comparisons with Georgian men are made throughout - from the patriarch to the fop, from the sailor to the lover. Together we will examine gender roles in one of the most vivid centuries in our history, in search of the realities of life for Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse.

    Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
    Level: 6

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