Exploring Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice

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Join Dr Danielle Grover for a two-part online seminar celebrating the wonders of Jane Austen and her world-famous novel, Pride and Prejudice.

As an iconic novel, Pride and Prejudice barely needs an introduction; it has won thousands of fans over the decades. At the time of writing, Jane Austen was an unknown author who chose to remain anonymous. Who was the author behind this famous novel? How can we interpret this novel as 21st century readers? Explore the answers to these questions and unpack many more on this two-part online course.

Look beyond the frenzy of Colin Firth’s wet shirt in the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice and immerse yourself in the addictive world of Jane Austen’s novels. Find out about the author and the origins of the quotation on the £10 note. Learn about how Jane Austen crafted her heroines and spot traces of her novels in her letters and life. Consider how vital debates relating to gender, social class and marriage in the eighteenth century were represented in novels written by an author who hid behind the name of ‘a lady’. 

Taught across two consecutive Friday afternoons, from 2-4pm, the classes will begin with lectures on Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice before moving onto  discussion of key topics, readings of famous passages with plenty of time to consider questions. All keen readers are welcome and the course doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of Jane Austen. Participants will finish the course with an increased understanding of Jane Austen’s most famous novel and the historical context behind which she wrote.

Participants will be required to have read the novel prior to the start of the course, and have a copy to hand when attending each seminar.

Numbers are limited, and this course will be taught via Zoom. You will be encouraged to have your camera on and required to have your microphone on at certain times

Tutor bio:

After completing her doctoral thesis on Jane Austen and other eighteenth-century novelists, Dr Danielle Grover was a Teaching Fellow in Romanticism at University College Dublin and has held a number of teaching positions in sixth-form colleges and universities. Currently, Danielle has had eight articles published on eighteenth-century writers and she has lectured on music’s role in the eighteenth-century novel at over ten international conferences in Australia, Ireland, the U.K and in the U.S. In 2008, Danielle spent two months as a visiting fellow at Chawton House Library in Chawton, which was the village where Jane Austen worked on her major novels.

Course dates: Friday, January 21 and 28, 2.00-4.00pm
Price: £95 - places are limited. 

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