Jane Austen: A Quick & Unique Guide to Successful Reading
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You Don't Need a Degree to Read the Classics! You Will Go From Novice to Reader-Ready Without Turning a Single Page.
4.2 (62 ratings)
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2,783 students enrolled
Created by Josh Withrow
Last updated 11/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the basic storyline in three of Jane Austen's most popular novels
  • Be well-prepared to read these three novels with confidence
  • Understand the major characters and themes in these three novels
  • Have more meaningful conversations about these novels
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Requirements
  • Courage to take the first steps towards reading some of the best novels ever written
Description

"Having enjoyed Josh's witty insights and engaging manner in his previous courses I was expecting nothing less than another high quality course...Looking for a highly entertaining take on Jane Austen's novels? This is it!" --MICHAEL

Enjoy a richer experience while reading some of the best fiction ever written.

Benefit from reading great literature about some of life's most important issues.

I hear people say that they haven't read the Classics for numerous reasons:

  • "I'm too busy"
  • "The story seems confusing"
  • "The book is REALLY long"

Other people have read the books and say:

  • "I didn't really get it."
  • "I liked the story, but I'm not sure about the themes."
  • "I didn't understand what was happening because the language was difficult.

-----REGARDLESS of YOUR REASON: THIS CLASS WILL HELP YOU-----

Allow my years of classroom teaching and experience to guide you!

In the classroom, a teacher builds "scaffolding" to help his/her students understand the material. In construction, scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support people and material while the real structure is being built.

THIS CLASS IS YOUR SCAFFOLDING!

My course won't replace the literary richness that you will find in a Jane Austen novel, but it will help you build your understanding of her great novel in under 60 minutes.

Here's How You Will Will Get More From These Great Books:

  • Animated Summaries that Make the Stories Come to Life
  • Storytelling Videos to Help you Understand the Themes
  • Short Bio of the Author to Better Understand the Cultural Impact
  • Lessons on Major Characters, Themes, and Quotes that Are Easy to Understand

You don't need a degree to enjoy the Classics -- but sometimes a little guidance goes a long way.

ENROLL NOW...IT'S FREE!


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants guidance before reading Jane Austen's novels
  • Anyone who wants a different perspective after reading Jane Austen's novels
  • Anyone who doesn't have time to read the novels...yet
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
01:30:39
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Setting the Stage
4 Lectures 11:19

Really, anyone who loves literature should take this class. This is a great introductory course for people who have heard about Jane Austen, but haven't necessarily taken the plunge in reading her novels. After this class, you will undoubtedly have more confidence to read Austen's books.

Who Should Take This Class?
02:49

10 Reasons You Should Be Reading the Classics
05:32

My name is Josh Withrow, and I have taught literature for the pst 13 years. I even got a Master's degree in English Literature!

Meet the Teacher
01:01

Here are a few dates to remember for the life and work of Jane Austen.

Biography of Jane Austen
01:57
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Pride & Prejudice
7 Lectures 12:57

Here is a thematic introduction to Pride and Prejudice. I've chosen to focus on the theme of Pride and the negative affects that it can have on people.

Pride is Bad for the Buisness of Love--A Thematic Intro to Pride & Prejudice
01:26

Here is a quick summary of the storyline that you can expect in Pride and Prejudice. There are a lot of characters, but it will all make sense in time. I promise!

Story in a Flash--1 Minute Animated Summary of Pride and Prejudice
00:59

Here are a just a few points to consider before jumping into the details of Pride and Prejudice.

The Quick and Easy Background Lecture to Pride & Prejudice
01:09

A brief explanation to the major characters in Pride and Prejudice

There's More Than Just Mr. Darcy--Characters in Pride & Prejudice
02:20

These are the major themes discussed in the book. Themes can be difficult to understand at times, so look for how these themes develop from the very beginning of the novel.

The Themes that Drive Pride & Prejudice
02:38

Quotes and dialogue from a story really help illuminate themes and motifs in a story. Here are three quotes that I think are important to Pride and Prejudice.

"I Will Not Marry You" and Other Quotes in Pride & Prejudice
04:25

Pride & Prejudice
3 questions

Lecture notes for Pride and Prejudice

PDF Notes for Pride & Prejudice
15 pages
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Sense & Sensibility
7 Lectures 10:11

Here is a thematic introduction to Sense and Sensibility. I've chosen to focus on the journey that one must take to understand reality--regardless of whether he/she has sense or sensibility.

A Different View of Reality--A Thematic Intro to Sense & Sensibility
01:28

Here is a quick summary of the storyline that you can expect in Sense and Sensibility. I really love how Austen illuminates the differences between Elinor and Marianne. Great story!

Story in a Flash--1 Minute Summary of Sense & Sensibility
00:56

Here are a just a few points to consider before jumping into the details of Sense and Sensibility.

The Quick and Easy Background Lecture to Sense & Sensibility
00:48

A brief explanation to the major characters in Sense and Sensibility. This lecture should help you understand who is who in the story.

See How All the Characters Connect in Sense & Sensibility
01:58

These are the major themes discussed in the book. Themes can be difficult to understand at times, so look for how these themes develop from the very beginning of the novel.

Understanding Expectations and Other Themes in Sense & Sensibility
01:21

Quotes and dialogue from a story really help illuminate themes and motifs in a story. Here are three quotes that I think are important to Sense and Sensibility.

Elinor and Marianne Talk It Out--Quotes in Sense & Sensibility
03:40

Sense & Sensibility
3 questions

Lecture notes for Sense and Sensibility

Lecture Notes for Sense and Sensibility
13 pages
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Emma
8 Lectures 09:20
Bonus Lecture: Turn Your Knowledge into Skill
00:23

Here is a thematic introduction to Emma. I've chosen to focus on the theme of communication; or in this case, miscommunication.

Keeping Your Nose in the Right Place--A Thematic Intro to Emma
01:23

Here is a quick summary of the storyline that you can expect in Emma. This is one of my favourite Jane Austen stories because of the great character development!

Story in a Flash--1 Minute Animated Summary of Emma
00:59

Here are a just a few points to consider before jumping into the details of Emma.

The Quick and Easy Background Lecture to Emma
00:51

A brief explanation to the major characters in Sense and Sensibility. This lecture should help you understand who is who in the story.

Match Maker, Match Maker and other Characters in Emma
01:32

These are the major themes discussed in the book. Themes can be difficult to understand at times, so look for how these themes develop from the very beginning of the novel.

"Mind Your Own Business" and Other Themes in Emma
02:09

Quotes and dialogue from a story really help illuminate themes and motifs in a story. Here are three quotes that I think are important to Emma.

Emma Seems to Know It All--Quotes in Emma
02:03

Emma
3 questions

Lecture notes for Emma

Lecture Notes for Emma
13 pages
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Final Thoughts
2 Lectures 02:55

3 wrap-up points to remember about Jane Austen novels.

Wrap-up
01:10

Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or encouragement. Even though you are finished with the course, I am happy to assist you in anyway that I can.

Thank You
01:45
About the Instructor
Josh Withrow
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I want to help people creatively tell their stories by giving them the tools to engage other people with captivating ideas. My 14 years of classroom teaching and my master's degree in English Literature give me the experience to make my classes both creative and informative. People don't need a degree to enjoy learning -- but sometimes a little guidance goes a long way.