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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity

University of Southampton

This online course explored how Jane Austen went from a moderately successful provincial novelist to a global celebrity. The course covered topics including Austen's literary and social influences, female education in the 18th century, the marketing of Austen at home and abroad, adaptations of her work in the modern age, and her increasing use as a commodity in merchandising and commercial life.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Gillian Dow

Associate Professor of English

University of Southampton

Kim Simpson

Post-doctoral research fellow

University of Southampton

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Learning outcomes

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the historical and literary contexts in which Jane Austen was writing
  • Investigate virtually the important locations associated with Jane Austen and their impact on her writing
  • Assess and discuss the impact of Austen’s society on the depiction of arts and reading in her novels
  • Explore some of the myths surrounding women writers of the long eighteenth century
  • Identify the challenges of adapting, translating and interpreting Jane Austen’s works and how this affects global understanding of her work
  • Evaluate the marketing of Jane Austen in her own time and now


  • The Austen myth: who is she and what does she mean to people around the world?
  • An 18th century education: Jane and women’s education and reading
  • Austen’s literary and family influences
  • Austen’s ‘dirty walks’: gardens and landscapes in Austen’s writing
  • The marketing of Jane Austen at home and abroad – how her legacy has endured and built her celebrity
  • Austen’s afterlives: adapting Jane Austen for the modern age in film, TV
  • Austen as a commodity: portraits, hair and merchandising

Issued on 28th December 2020

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Free online course:

Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity

University of Southampton