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Jane Austen

Watch a recording of the livestreamed seminar with Jeremy Harmer and the Bingham String Quartet and their evening of Jane Austen’s sparkling conversations together with the music of her age and ideas on how to bring Jane Austen into the English language classroom.

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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey, like Pride and Prejudice, features a range of characters who behave heroically and those who behave more villainously.

Persuasion

The last novel that Jane Austen had published was Persuasion.

Sense and Sensibility

Rather like Austen’s most famous novel, this book’s title immediately lets us know that it’s a story about emotion and reason, ethics and morals.

Emma

Like Pride and Prejudice, Emma is a novel that cleverly explores human relationships, and the infinitely varied, day-to-day choices in how we interact with each other.

Pride and Prejudice and the art of conversation

When we talk to each other we reveal a great deal about how we think and how we feel about the subject at hand and the world around us.

Pride and Prejudice and the idea of love

Pride and Prejudice is now one of the most well-known literary love stories, with people encountering it either as a novel or a tv series or a film.

Pride and Prejudice and the regency world

Like many novelists, part of what they write about relates to the wider world they see around them.

The heroes and villains of Pride and Prejudice

Like all characters in fiction, there are those we can think of as heroes and those we can think of as villains.

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Jane Austen's Persuasion

This unit is designed to introduce students to the characters and plot of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion.
It provides basic information on the characters in the book and also provides students with opportunities to develop creative writing skills using Jane Austen’s texts as a prompt.

Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

This Lesson is designed to introduce students to the characters and plot of Northanger Abbey as well as to introduce students to Austen’s ironic treatment of character and themes. Students have the opportunity to read dialogues in the novel and to do some language work on adjectives using the text extracts. 

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

This unit is designed to introduce students to the characters and plot of Mansfield Park.
It provides basic information on the characters in the book and also explores the idea of how particular houses played an important part in Austen’s work and in her personal life.
 

Jane Austen’s Emma

This unit is designed to develop students’ understanding of the importance of letters in Austen’s work and in her own life. It is based on Emma, a novel where written communication between the characters has a significant importance on the plot. At the same time it introduces some of the characters and the plot of the novel.

Sense and sensibility

This unit is designed to introduce students to the characters and plot of Sense and Sensibility.

Love and marriage in Pride and Prejudice

This lesson is for students with a fairly advanced level of language proficiency.

Playing Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s texts have a history of been adapted to other media, especially because of the skilful way in which she deals with dialogue.

Pride and Prejudice and the Regency world

This lesson is designed to be used with students who have a fairly advanced level of language proficiency.

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    To celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous novel Pride and Prejudice, we have commissioned a brand new series of short documentary films on her life and work. Click on each of the videos to find out more.

    Links

    The Jane Austen Centre, Bath

    www.janeausten.co.uk

    Jane Austen’s House Museum

    www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk

    The Bodleian Library

    www.janeausten.ac.uk