The author Jane Austen´s lifetime (1775-1817) spans a fascinating period of British history and both she and her writings need to be understood in the context of her time.
This MA concentrates on the world in which Austen lived and it explores the wider social, political and cultural history of a vital period between the American Revolution and the end of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, events that bookend Austen’s life.
Compulsory Modules (30 credits):
Austen’s England, c.1775–1820 – a two-week summer school in August
Research Skills and Method
Optional Modules (30 credits):
These would include but are not restricted to:
Gender and Society in Austen’s England, c.1775–1820
Jane Austen and Bath: Life, Letters and Literature
Jane Austen: Her Novels, Life and Afterlife
Students are able to take a maximum of 30 credits of elective from an award other than the one for which they are registered. For example, The Country and the City in History (taught as part of the MA: Literature, Landscape and Environment). A list of open and elective modules available in any one academic year are normally circulated to all students in July prior to the beginning of the next academic session in October.