Walls of Words

Nicole Lobdell

Nicole Lobdell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English in 19th-century British literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.

 

 

"iAusten: The Digital Jane Austen" (a future course....)

This course is about exploring not only Austen's novel but also the digital lives the novels have generated. We will consider how films and, more recently, video games have made Austen into iAusten, a kind of personal Jane Austen that we can customize for ourselves (as seen in the game Jane Austen Unbound, where players can design their own Austen or Austen heroine, an interesting conflation that needs more exploration).

Much debated portraits of Jane Austen

The only authenticated portrait of Austen by her sister Cassandra.

The only authenticated portrait of Austen by her sister Cassandra.

A possible portrait of Austen by Cassandra.

A possible portrait of Austen by Cassandra.

A possible portrait of Austen later in life, possibly done in London.

A possible portrait of Austen later in life, possibly done in London.

We would read the following: excerpts from Austen's Juvenilia, Northanger Abbey (1818), Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), and Persuasion (1818).

I can also envision this course as an adaptation course of sorts that explores the recent adaptations of Austen's novels in films such as Clueless (1995) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), as well as the representation of Austen and her fans in films such as Becoming Jane (2007), Lost in Austen (2008), and Austenland (2013).

Clueless
Starring Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Alicia Silverstone
Bridget Jones's Diary (Collector's Edition)
Starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie
Becoming Jane
Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, James Cromwell, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith
Lost in Austen
Starring Jemima Rooper, Gemma Arteron, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath
Austenland
Starring Keri Russell, JJ Field, Jennifer Coolidge