Jane Austen and Contemporary Culture


Summer 2014 quarter

Taught by

British literature

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

Writing, literature

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12:30pm

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

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Required Fees

$35 for entrance fees to films, exhibitions, plays

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25

Summer

Course Reference Numbers

First Session (8 credits): 40084
First Session (1-8 credits): 40234

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