UTampa LIT 207 -- British Survey Dashboard


Spring 2021

University of Tampa

Prof. Amy Elliot

LIT 207: British Survey II

Galleries, Timelines, and Maps

Posted by Blyss Bolger on Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 00:20

Relevant Locations in Jane Austen's Life and Works



Steventon: This is where Jane was born (at the town rectory). She grew up here and lived at her father’s home from when she was born on December 16, 1775 until he moved the family (just himself, his wife, Jane, and her sister Cassandra) to Bath in 1801. Jane was 26 when they moved.

Bath: Jane visited bath a few times in her life. Before moving to Bath after her father announced his retirement in 1801, she visited her brother James and his wife in 1797, and then travels there again with her mother in 1799. However, after living at 4 Sydney places, Bath for four years, her father, George Austen, suddenly dies in 1805. Due to the fact that women could not inherit from their fathers, Jane, her mother, and Cassandra are left no choice but to move to 40 Gay Street, Bath.

London: Jane and her brother Henry travel there to meet with publishers. This...

Posted by Amy Elliot on Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 17:34

A survey of major events in British history to accompany our discussion of the literature of the time period. 

Individual Entries

Posted by Jennifer Lundy on Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 19:17

Bath has been the home of many stories as the go-to vacation place for upper-class people with the time and money. During Wollstone's time, it was one of the biggest cities in England, the city known for its spas. She spent two years there as a lady's companion to a widow named Sarah Dawson, whom she did not get very well along with. It is said that Dawson was temperamental. After her leaving in 1780 to assist her dying mother, she went on to write Thoughts on the Education of Daughters and venting her frustrations about the experience there in Bath. 

Posted by Morgan McAuliff on Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 18:20

George Orwell was in and out of the hospital in the final stretch of his life. During his time at home in Herbrides, United Kingdom. He wrote his last book Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) here before finally being hospitalized. 

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The University of Sheffield is located in Sheffield, Yorkshire England. Today, it boasts about 30,000 students. The university's founding can be traced back to the early 1800s.

Mantel studied law at Sheffield University and met her husband, Gerald, there. She talks about her time there as being very difficult. She was poor, dealing with issues pertaining to both her and Gerald's family, and couldn't lead the so-called "student lifestyle."

University of Sheffield

Photo from universitycompare.com

Posted by Yehudis Shapiro on Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 17:05

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is a major port in western Saudi Arabia. It borders the Red Sea. It is one of the biggest cities in Saudi Arabia.

Hilary and Gerald spend four years in Jeddah, following their period in Botswana. Hilary published her third novel, Eight Months on Gazzah Street, in 1988, based on her own experiences living in Jeddah. She is quoted saying that leaving Jeddah was "the happiest day of [her] life. 

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Mosque at night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Image: Almas Balg (CC-BY-2.0) (A Britannica Publishing Partner)

Posted by Yehudis Shapiro on Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 16:55

Botswana is a country located in southern Africa. It is landlocked by South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nambia. 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert, and the country suffers from droughts. 

Hilary and Gerald lived in Botswana for 5 years, from 1977-1982, where Hilary worked as a social worker. She gained inspiration for her first novel while doing her social work in Botswana.

Mining Investment Botswana 2017: Gaborone, February 13-15

Gabarone, the capital of Botswana. 

Photo is courtesy of Mining Journal.

Posted by Yehudis Shapiro on Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 16:39

Budleigh Salterton is a small coastal town on the mouth of River Otter. It had about 5,000 residents in 2011. The town is known for its beautiful scenery and is a popular destination for birdwatchers, as all kinds of migratory birds find their way over here. 

Hilary Mantel has been living here with her husband, Gerald, for a little over a decade. They bought an apartment in Budleigh Salterton in 2010.

Budleigh Salterton - Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Coast of Budleigh Salterton

Posted by Yehudis Shapiro on Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 15:47

Hadfield, Derbyshire, England, is a small town. In 2011, its population census was just over 6,000. In the 1800s Hadfield was known for its cotton mills.

Mantel grew up in Hadfield, a short distance from her birthplace, Glossop. Here, she attended St Charles Roman Catholic primary school. She stayed in Hadfield until she was around 11 years old after her father left.

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Station Road, Hadfield Looking southeast towards the station.

Image copyright: Michael Ely

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