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School of History

HST6212 - The World that Jane Austen Knew: Women, Gender and Culture in England

Module code: HST6212

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Professor Amanda Vickery

What did it mean to be a woman in Georgian England? This QMUL Model module investigates the lives and words of duchesses and dairy-maids, businesswomen and servants, spinsters and widows, naughty adulteresses and virtuous mothers, politicians and shopgirls. Students will use images, love-letters, novels, magazines, court records, sermons and diaries to explore the diversity of roles women played, continuity and change. Gender is nothing if not a relationship, so comparisons with Georgian men are made throughout - from the patriarch to the fop, from the sailor to the lover. Students will reflect on the role of communication and debate in the field of history, and will consider how historians formulate and communicate a narrative when presenting aspects of their research to their peers. Together we will examine gender roles in one of the most vivid centuries in our history, in search of the realities of life for Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse.

Assessment: Presentation (15 minutes) [25%] and Essay (3,000 words) [75%]
Level: 6