Jane Austen: The Novels, Their Contexts and Their Adaptations

Module code: EN3158

Module co-ordinator: Dr Julian North

In this module, you will study the six major novels of Jane Austen in their historical and literary contexts. You will learn how a knowledge of Austen's literary influences, of the society in which she lived, and of the key events of her time changes our perception of the meanings of her fiction. We will look at how recent film and TV adaptations have reshaped Austen for the 20th and 21st centuries, and how her novels have been transformed by their translation into different media. 

Topics covered

  • Northanger Abbey (including the 2007 film directed by Andrew Davies)
  • Sense and Sensibility (including the 1995 film directed by Ang Lee)
  • Pride and Prejudice (including the 2004 film Bride and Prejudice directed by Gurinder Chadha)
  • Mansfield Park (including the 1999 film directed by Patricial Rozema)
  • Emma (including the 1995 film Clueless directed by Amy Heckerling)
  • Persuasion (including the 1995 BBC TV serial)
Plus two biopics:
  • Becoming Jane (dir. Julian Jarrold, 2007)
  • Miss Austen Regrets (dir. Jeremy Lovering, 2008)




  • Essay, 5,000 words (100%)
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