Property and Propriety: Mansfield Park and Howards End
26 April 2019,1:15 pm - 24 May 2019,3:30 pm£240
Mansfield Park is Austen’s least-loved novel but it happens to be one of my favourites. Of all her novels, it is the one written on the widest canvas and the only one to be named after a house (Northanger Abbey was given its name posthumously by Austen’s brother – she in fact called it, Susan). Austen does nothing accidentally so we should take this as a clue. Written 100 years apart, Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and E.M. Forster’s Howards End are both novels about the state of England, uneasy class relations, social conformity and social rebellion. In this course, we will explore the rich social comedy of both texts, their exploration of the English country house as symbol and the authors’ presentations of a range of heroines from the quiet endurance of Austen’s Fanny Price to the bold rebellion of Mary Crawford and Forster’s Helen Schlegel.
This course runs over 5 weeks and is bought as a package at, £240