Jane Austen in Context

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Jane Austen in Context

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Classics, English, Literature, Literatures in English, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    24 units of credit in the English stream

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Jane Austen currently enjoys a cultural popularity rivalling that of Shakespeare. This course aims to take account of the abiding relevance of Austen?s work in the early 21st century in two distinct but related ways. On the one hand, it focuses on Austen?s juvenilia and novels as social and cultural products of their time. It examines how her works interact self-consciously with contemporary romantic, gothic and sentimental fiction as well as ?converse? with each other to form a dynamic and intellectually challenging body of work. On a more theoretical level, it explores the various components of Austen?s literary style that allow her to speak to present-day readers: her use of irony, her ability to illuminate the subtle transformation of character over time, and her unique intermingling of romance and realism. Through these two lenses, the module demonstrates the continuing relevance of Austen's literary and moral worldview.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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