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Material conditions: The rise of the novel

Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was first published in 1813, at a time when literacy and print culture in England underwent a significant expansion. In this video, Dr Joe …

Putting ‘The Sylph’ into context

In this video, Susan visits the Sketch Gallery at Chatsworth House to give an introduction to the Duchess of Devonshire’s novel, ‘The Sylph’. In the next step, we’ll be looking …

Making meaning through close reading

In this video Susan Fitzmaurice, Professor of English Language at the University of Sheffield’s School of English, looks at what we mean by ‘close textual analysis’ or ‘close reading’ and …