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On completion of all requirements for this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of Jane Austen’s writings, and those of her contemporaries.
2. Be able to write critically about literature of this period, including the novel form, avoiding character analysis.
3. Engage productively with literary criticism and secondary sources.
4. Produce a critical essay informed by the key issues addressed in this module.
5. Move beyond preconceptions and popular myths and misunderstandings of Austen and her contemporary women writers.
Please be aware that modules may have to move to online teaching depending on Government advice and restrictions.
This is a module on women's writing in the Romantic era. Students will be required to read long eighteenth-century texts, and must read ALL novels on the course.
This module is NOT a lecture course--students are expected to play a significant part in class each week.
Students will examine texts by Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Ann Radcliffe and Jane Austen. Students will engage with writers they might not previously have known of or read, and will gain a much greater understanding of the literary state of Britain at the turn of the nineteenth century. Myths about women as writers in this era will be challenged, and their use and development of the novel form will be central to our exploration of writing of this era. Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of areas of British life during this era, including economics, legal and social issues, and even war. Students will be expected to move beyond conventional interpretations of Austen and her contemporaries, to move away from character analysis, and to show initiative, critical discernment and originality when approaching both canonical and non-canonical works. Rather than focusing on characters and character analysis, students will be expected to deconstruct the novels to focus on form, literary structures and techniques, and literary and social ideologies.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Online presentation||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Article-abstract: students will produce a concise summary of an assigned critical article, within a very specific framework.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Portfolio: Will include detailed essay plan, detailed bibliography and abstracts of at least two relevant critical articles.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: An end-of-term research essay building on the continuous assessments throughout the term. The essay should offer a convincing argument, supported by research.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Bibliography: testing students' ability to follow detailed instructions, and produce a bibliography that conforms to the school style sheet, within a very specific framework.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
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