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Literature of the English Country House

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Literature
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long

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Overview

Trace the history and context of country house literature

Investigate and discuss the role and representation of the English country house in literature, and learn how to build your own authoritative interpretation of these texts.

For over 450 years, country houses have attracted the attention of celebrated writers like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. We’ll trace this history with experts from the University of Sheffield’s School of English who will share with us the approaches that they take in their own research.

This course is suitable for anyone who enjoys reading and discussing literary texts in English. It may also help those who are preparing for further study in English Literature, as it gives a good foundation in analysing texts. If you are already at degree level in English or another subject, this course could be a good supplement to your studies. Ultimately though, this course is suitable for anyone who loves country houses and great literature.

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Jim Fitzmaurice

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Literature of the English Country House
4.3 Based on 13 reviews

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Katarzyna K
5.0 4 years ago
Katarzyna completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was very interesting and engaging, I learnt quite a lot on it and it motivated me to read literature which I have not tried before. The course uses the technique of close reading - short fragments of literary works are close-read (analysed); you do not have to read them in their entirety, but it definitely helps. I enjoyed the lectures which analyse the excerpts in detail and provide new ways of understanding them.
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Thania
5.0 2 days ago
Thania completed this course.
Interesting,one can learn many new things about Literature and the country house,fantastic mentoring.

The country house travel through centuries gives you the opportunity to see how it evolved,flourished and declined in time and how it is still present in films,TV series,books etc.

The course has to do with the country house but has also got many interesting aspects-social,historical,literary.There's poetry and there's Shakespeare;there's the press of the time and there's politeness and society.There is the coffee house and there is Romanticism.I think that anyone interested in literature can find at least one aspect they'd like to study and learn more about.

The course gives you an openness you can apply to reading any literary genre.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Many thanks to the University of Sheffield’s School of English for a most enjoyable e-course. I learned a lot. I very much liked the enthusiasm of the various presenters which is very engaging. I also appreciated interacting with my fellow learners. I will never look at a country house anymore as just a pile of bricks and stones (never did that anyway). Now I know it stands for much more than just the home of an aristocratic family and their servants and of 'nouveau riche' Americans (I mean that ironically) and a ghost or two. Plus of course of tragic heroines. This course is a much a history of English literature as it is of the English country house. Many thanks again.
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Dava C
5.0 3 days ago
Dava completed this course.
I enjoyed the variety in presentations of materials and lectures. The information was thorough with the additional reading complimentary to the course materials. The presenters were interesting and knowledgeable and added greatly to scope and enjoyment of an online class.
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Anonymous
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A brilliant course, very informative. I would like to commend our mentor Val who was very proactive right the way through the course, offering support and encouragement. If you are interested in Literature, I would highly recommend this course.
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I enjoyed following the course. It was very interesting. A great selection of examples and novels of that time. Interesting reviews and discussions.
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4.0 4 years ago
Aana completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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