Course Description

ONLINE: Jane Austen lived from 1775 to 1817, during the late Georgian and Regency periods in England. The Regency period, during which Austen wrote her most important novels, saw radical changes in English society. Not only was there a new emphasis on equality and freedom, which led to mass radical protests, but there was also a flourishing of consumerism and celebrity culture. The rapid growth of industry, technology and science contributed to the social unrest. Due to the expanding empire and the relentless slave trade, Britain’s impact was global. This dynamic period is considered to be the beginning of the democratic, secular, inventive society that characterizes our own today. Do Austen’s novels reflect the intense period she lived in, or are they just brilliant comedies of manners that ignore the harsh realities around her? In this lecture-based course, we will explore that question by studying the social and cultural history of this period and how it relates to her novels. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Jane Austen's World: England in the Regency Period
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Oct 02, 2023 to Nov 13, 2023
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Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: Reading Austen’s novels is not required. However, each class will focus on one of her works. The instructor will also provide recommendations for movie or TV adaptations of her novels.

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