Jane Austen and Contemporary Culture
Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)
It seems that contemporary audiences cannot get enough Jane Austen. Some two hundred years after her novels were written, they continue to be filmed, adapted, and discussed. Why do we keep rewriting Austen’s work? How should we understand what Austen had to say about mating, marriage, and material success? How should we understand what she had to say about women and writing? How do we maintain those values in our society – and what might that mean for us?
To answer these questions, we will read Austen’s novels alongside contemporary interpretations of her work. For example, students will compare Pride and Prejudice with Bridget Jones’ Diary, or Emma with Clueless , or Mansfield Park with Metropolitan , all the while considering the impact of Jane Austen on our contemporary culture.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day
Advertised schedule: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12:30pm