The far-reaching influence and appeal of Jane Austen…
ENG 440: Single Author – Jane Austen and Pop Culture
In this class, we’ll study the beloved English author, Jane Austen. As one of the most popular authors of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth-centuries, her books and characters have become like precious friends to those twenty-first century fans who read and reread them. We watch adaptations and even sometimes dress up in Regency-era clothing to try to continuously revisit her world. But why? What is behind societyʻs deep love for an Austen novel? What draws us to the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy? Or Emma Woodhouse? And why do we thoroughly enjoy reliving that story through adaptations like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Bridget Jonesʻ Diary, or Clueless? We will read several of Austenʻs books and look at numerous adaptations from contemporary pop culture in order to further explore her far-reaching celebrity, influence, and appeal.
Weʻll have tea and a snack once a week to accompany our discussions on Jane.
Fulfills the general education requirement: DL
About the Instructor
Dr. Jade Higa was born and raised in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi. She received her BA in English from UH Manoa and her MA and PhD from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her academic passions include eighteenth-century literature, queer studies, and celebrity studies. Her other passions include knitting, dogs, and coffee/tea.
For inquiries about the course, email Dr. Higa: firstname.lastname@example.org.