Taught course

Jane Austen's England

Bath Spa University · School of Humanities and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

Normally a BA Hons 2:1 or a First, preferably in History, will be required; however we welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds and all previous experience and learning will be taken into consideration. Where appropriate, Approved Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) can substitute for certain modules within the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Jane Austen, who referred to her own productions as ‘the little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush’ (1816), would undoubtedly have been surprised not only at her current global popularity as an author, but also at the crowds of fans who flock to Bath annually, despite her famously uncomfortable relationship with the city.

While Austen has long attracted the interest of literary critics, the universal appeal of her novels is remarkable. It extends through numerous highly successful film and television period productions (even if augmented by Colin Firth’s famous appearance in that wet white shirt!), as well as reinterpretations across time and cultures (e.g., the Indian Bride and Prejudice, 2004), and such popular parodies such as the mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009). Popular interest in Austen and her times has also boomed, as is evidenced by the success of the film Becoming Jane (2007), numerous erudite blogs and the burgeoning appeal of Jane Austen societies and conferences around the world.

This MA seeks to ground this widespread interest in Austen and her works by situating her in her wider historical milieu. Austen was a never- married, 18th century, middling-sort Englishwoman who was born in the early days of the American Revolution and lived until just after the end of the French and Napoleonic Wars. Her lifetime (1775–1817) spans a fascinating period of social, political and cultural development in British history. She wrote humorously, sensitively and, often, acerbically about the society in which she lived – and, in order to understand her and her fiction, both her life and works need to be understood in their historical context.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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