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Winter Term 2017 Project

John Tatter
Professor of English

Jane Austen: The Novels and the Films

The novels of Jane Austen have continued to be popular two centuries after she wrote them and in a world she would hardly recognize. Part of their attraction is the love story, of course. But part is the way in which her characters and their situations seem to transcend time, space, and culture. The films based on these novels are the best indication of how adaptable Austen can be, for they reflect their own time as much as they reflect hers. We will look at Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion together in depth, and subgroups will work individually on other novels and films: Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Evaluation will be based on group presentations, class participation, a paper, and a final examination.

John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College,