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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.

Taught by

Jim Fitzmaurice

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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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