I enjoyed the course very much, but was disappointed that all of the novels were not covered. Persuasion is one of my favourites and I would have liked to see it included. Also the two I like less, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, I would have appreciated learning more about. I have a bug bear about Jane Austen’s novels being described as Victorian as the Victorian era did not begin until 20 years after JA’s death. I wonder at the question in the quiz on Sense and Sensibility about Eleanor being the sister with sense. Why is the correct answer ‘false’? I have always thought her the one with sense while Marianne allows her sensibilities to rule. I have always thought the quote from P&P, “It is a truth universally acknowledged...” etc., to be tongue in cheek as the opposite is more accurate. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman without a fortune must be in want of a husband. Perhaps the opening quote is wishful thinking on Mrs Bennet’s part!
Loic LE TEXIER
Was interesting as I have never read any of these books.
I REALLY FOUND THE COURSE WORTH A WHILE. I FOUND IT TO BE VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND A ONE THAT DOES NOT COMPLICATE THINGS FURTHER BUT BREAKS THEM DOWN BEFORE YOU. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE TO ANYONE WHO IS NEW TO JANE AUSTEN AND ALSO TO THE ONES WHO ARE NOT NEW SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BACKGROUNDS OF HER GREAT WORKS AND ALSO ABOUT HER REMARKABLE STYLE, THOUGHTS, SOCIAL COMMENTARY, ETC. THANKS!!
Few mistakes. Jane's incomplete novel is called SAND-iton not as he pronounced it San-DITION. Also the summation animated video said Wickham married Elizabeth not Lydia. Also, an answer on the test said Elinor represents "Sense" was marked as FALSE when it should be true. But overall good explanations of 3 of Austen's novels that will give you a good idea of what to focus on when you read them.
Loved how convenient and informative this course was. I would suggest you to have a brief idea about each novel's plot before you take the course. It was absolutely fun to learn so much in such a short span of time.
Not what I expected, but I might still go through the course. One day.
This course can be very helpful for English literature students. The teacher has a good knowledge about Jane austen, and he gave a real quick summary of her novels. Only problem I faced was the summary was real quick so I needed to watch again and again. It might not be a problem for native English speakers. Over all course is good. :)
- There is one glaring mistake in the quick cartoon recap of P&P - Wickham does NOT marry Lizzy!
- The teacher is very articulate and easily understood, his pronunciation of the word "literature" ("li-treh-chure" instead of "li-tereh-chure") is annoying.
- The use of adjectives such as "amazing" and "awesome" are useless and trite; one expects more from a teacher of literAHture.
- Lastly, it would be helpful to place the Bennet parents within the context of the time: Mrs Bennet is obviously obsessed with getting her daughters married because that's what mothers did - they wanted their daughters to marry well and be supported financially. The teacher neglects to mention a HUGE theme in the novel: money, and how women of Jane Austen's class could not earn money - they were expected to marry within the landed gentry. Marrying well was their only means of income, hence Mrs Bennet's "obsesssion." (Granted, this does not excuse her boorish behavior, rightly called out by Darcy.) This is the main reason all of Austen's novels were published anonymously - to include her name would have been scandalous to the family, and would have deemed her as lower class, resulting in shunning and dismissal from polite society.