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Jane Austen's Style

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 7
Module lead
Gillian Dow

Module overview

Jane Austen is today indisputably the best-known and most widely read author of the long eighteenth-century. She is increasingly admired as an innovator in her style, although she also drew influence from several precursors and contemporaries. This module invites you to trace the development of Austen’s style and narrative technique alongside works by the most successful writers of her day, such as Ann Radcliffe, Frances Burney, and Maria Edgeworth. The curriculum includes the six completed novels, some of the teenage writings, and her unfinished final novel Sanditon. In addition to reading her fiction closely, you will learn about the Regency publishing world and some of the novelists she most admired, in order to assess the balance between emulation and innovation in her work. The method will be an immersion in Austen’s literary culture, with an emphasis on close analysis of primary texts.

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