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Fall 2017-2018
* ENG 339 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in 18th-Century Literature - Jane Austen Then and Now

Claudia L. Johnson

This class will consider Jane Austen not only the inventor of the classic novel but also as an inspiring author who is--thanks to a steady stream of adaptations spinoffs and sequels--our contemporary. Pairing each novel with recent movies, vlogs or tv shows, we will show how Austen is perpetually current in her treatment of love, violence, sisterhood, sex and gender, and we will also ponder how modern texts speak back to her. Exploring Austen's modernity and her difference, we will learn as much about ourselves as about her novels.

Sample reading list:
Austen, Emma
Austen, Northanger Abbey
Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Austen, Mansfield Park
Austen, Sense and Sensibility
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150 pages of reading per week; approximately 300 pages of reading every two weeks, in addition to critical essays and required viewings; two 10-12pp essays; and blackboard postings (20%).

Papers - 60%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other information:
This course is co-taught by Professor Claudia Johnson and graduate student Hope Rogers through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative. Distribution Requirement: British

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22854 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:17 Limit:25