D488 - Webinar - The anti-sentimentalist novel: rationalism, sentiment and emotion in, Persuasion, by Jane Austen (Set text for A Level Literature (2021/2023)

  • Ciclo: 2021
  • Nivel: Distance
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Estado: Terminado
  • Lugar: Distance
  • Capacitador/es: Patricia Veronica Green

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1 07 Jun 2021 05:30 PM 07:00 PM


Patricia Veronica Green

Patricia holds a Diploma and a BA (Hons) in English, from the University of London, and a Master in English Studies from the University of Nottingham. For the past thirty years, she has been teaching literature in English, at secondary level for the A/S International Cambridge Certificate of Standard Education and has delivered teacher-training courses for Secondary Language and Literature teachers. She has also delivered summer seminars on Academic Writing at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM). She has been speaker at the International Book Fair held in Buenos Aires in 2016 and 2017, and at the International Conferences of Literature and audio-visual aids in Foreign Languages in 2015 and 2017, and at the International Conference, Writing for Liberty, held at the UNSAM, 2019, where she has participated as panelist and Chair speaker. Currently, she delivers the Seminar on Postmodernism and Literature for the BA in English, at the UNSAM.


A/S ALevel Literature teachers and literature lovers


-To introduce the themes underlying Austen’s novel in order to foreground their relationship with the social, cultural and political aspects, typical of the Enlightment period, in18thC England.
- To examine the relevance of Austen’s radical narrative style in the context of the novel’s genre development and innovation, as an illustration of the material cultural and social processes.
-To encourage literature teachers to appropriate the format of context-driven study of the novel, so as to intellectually furnish broader and integral strategies of analysis and interpretation.
-To present teachers with alternative and varied study guidelines that ensure a thorough examination and exploration of theoretical framework and literary potential of the text.


-Presentation of the historical, social and economic context of the 18th.C England and the philosophical framework that illustrates the relation between the novel and society,
- An introduction to the main ideas imparted during the Enlightment period that convey the relationship between man and knowledge, the focus on the power of the mind and perception, in order to examine the difference between rationality, sensations and feelings.

- The influence of French Revolution in foregrounding the cultural trends present in the century’s liberalism and sentimentalist tendency revealed in the novel genre.

- Jane Austen and the Anti-sentimentalist novel: conflict between the economic and progressive forces in society and the author’s concern with moral and ethical growth.

- The novel as the representation of the complex class and gender relations, which underscored early-nineteenth century English middle-class society.


- Introduction to the novel’s context of production and reception. Historical review. - Introduction to main philosophical ideas that stem from the antagonistic positions regards the relations between man, the institutions and society. - Close reading as the technique for the analysis of those literary concepts that shape the genre’s development, associated with the structure/construction and function of the hero/heroine, the secondary characters, the stock minor characters in the Sentimentalist and Anti-sentimentalist novels. -A critical and practical approach to the novel focused on the identification, appreciation and interpretation of the relation between the stylistic innovation and thematic concerns. -Textual analysis: the implementation of the technique of close reading and critical reading tools oriented towards the development and improvement of extended essay’s writing strategies required for the A/S A Level text and general/content- based questions. -Study guide: participants will be asked to present examples from the text and in- text quotations, from relevant passages in order to fulfill the objectives of the session and to encourage personal response and critical thinking strategies. - During the last part of the session the facilitator will open a space for exchange of ideas, in order to encourage participants to reflect about the importance of the thematics of context, and its application in the study of the novel.


Brown, Julia Prewitt. Jane Austen's Novels: Social Change and Literary Form. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979.

Butler, Marylin. Jane Austen and the War of Ideas. Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, 1975.

Gard, Roger. Emma and Persuasion. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989.

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