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Jane Austen and Popular Culture

ENGL 255.950
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Fulfills Distributional Course in Arts & Letters
Penn-in-London June 25,-July 29, 2005

At once acutely aware of popular culture and a product of it, Austen read and wrote in a variety of forms, form Gothic horror to raucous satire to popular theatre. During the semester, we'll read four or five of Austen's novels, certainly Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. We'll aim in the course to make at least two itinerary pilgrimages to places such as Box Hill (from Emma), Bath (from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion), and Lyme Regis (from Persuasion). We'll also watch a few of the recent films as a way of exploring Austen as her own pop phenomenon.

Note: Fulfills sector V of the Core Requirement and/or the pre-1900 Seminar Requirement of the English Major.