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Jane Austen and the Regency World

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Emma Clery
Academic year

Module overview

The Regency era, from around 1795 to 1820, saw the French Revolution, more than twenty years of global warfare, the expansion of the British empire and rapid industrialisation and social change in Britain itself. It was in this period that the novel became the dominant genre in the literary marketplace, and this module will examine ways in which works of fiction engaged with contemporary transformations with particular emphasis on the most celebrated novelist of the period, Jane Austen. The module will include works by bestselling authors who influenced Austen, notably Frances Burney and Ann Radcliffe, and rivals such as Maria Edgeworth and Walter Scott. We will also consider the topical nature of Regency crazes for the Gothic and the national tale, and the origins of the ‘Condition of England’ novel.