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Jane Austen in Bath

January 7-17, 2005
Bath, England
Faculty Director: Catherine Golden, Professor of English

Two of Jane Austen's novels -- Northanger Abbey (1818) and Persuasion (1818) -- are set in Bath, a seat of culture in eighteenth-century England. Using facilities of Advanced Studies in England, located in Bath, students explored the settings in Bath vital to characterization and plot of these two novels -- specifically the Pump Room and the Assembly Room -- and walked the Bath city streets central to Austen and her characters. Time was devoted to the biography of Jane Austen and the Jane Austen cultural center, also located in Bath. The course comprised reading of biography and fiction, on-site field trips, group projects, and the creation of an individual Jane Austen analytic booklet focusing on her life in Bath and creation of these two famous novels.