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Explication de textes: Jane Austen, Persuasion

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Valérie Cossy
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2012 -> 2012

No timetable defined.


Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This "explication de texte" seminar relies on a novel by Jane Austen in order to make students familiar with the tools and resources of literary analysis. Each session is devoted to an aspect of criticism which can be articulated in relation with Austen's Persuasion: narrative voice, free indirect style, dialogue, time and chronology, plot, characters, subjectivity, theme, figures of speech, parody and satire.... Students work by groups of 2 or 3 in class and are expected to hand in a 2000 word essay by the end of the semester.


Class participation (collective) and essay (individual)


The seminar depends on students having each an individual copy of Persuasion (Penguin copies available from Basta) and on documents distributed in class and/or available from MyUnil.

Programme requirements

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Additional information


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