Jane Austen as Global Author, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Autumn 2022, 50%, Distance learning

    Start date: 26 September 2022

    End date: 4 December 2022

    Application deadline: 19 April 2022

    Application code: UU-55058 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Flexible

    Selection: Final school grades (60%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (40%)

    Outline for distance course: The distance education course is based on self-study and communication through the web-based learning environment. This contains all information regarding the course and is used for the compulsory course activities. Teaching takes the form of study instructions, exercises and discussions. Access to a computer with internet connection is required to take the course. All teaching and examinations are done online. There are no scheduled obligatory online meetings. Taking a distance learning course means that you yourself largely determine when you study, since you are not as tied to scheduled classes. Note, however, that this kind of course requires as much effort as an ordinary campus course and that it is equally important to meet set deadlines.

    Number of mandatory meetings on campus: 0

    Number of voluntary meetings on campus: 0

    Registration: 1 August 2022 – 11 September 2022

Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English 6


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 11,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11,250

About the course

Until the end of the twentieth century the novels of Jane Austen were discussed as exemplars of domestic realism and parochial Englishness. Her own observation that "three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on" was taken at face value. It would be difficult to overstate the impact, then, of Edward Said's vision of Mansfield Park "at the centre of an arc of interests and concerns spanning the hemisphere, two major seas and four continents" in his 1993 classic of postcolonial criticism, Culture and Imperialism.

This course will familiarise you with Said's intervention and the resulting critical debate in Austen studies. It will also introduce important resources for understanding both the author's place in the history of empire, including East and West Indian connections, and her global reception today. You will read two of the novels, extracts of others, letters, and her unfinished final work. These texts will be supplemented by key contextual and secondary material.

More information


Department of English

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Telephone: 018-471 1247 018-471 1245

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Study Counsellor

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Telephone: +46 18 471 12 47