HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 005 Chick Literature--New Horizon or Regression to the Past
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/8-10/27. (Drop/Add deadline=09/22/08)..
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Class meets Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 27, with one longer session to be arranged for film viewing

In a modern, post-feminist and post-colonial society, a new novel genre has emerged: chick lit. This incredibly popular, and lucrative, genre that is dominated by female authors seems to have more in common with Victorian fiction, particularly the Novel of Manners, than the literature written by females during the 1970s and 80s. This course will look at the connections between chick lit and the Victorian Novel, particularly the novels of Jane Austen, in order to understand this new genre as it fits into contemporary society and its understanding of gender roles. We will begin by outlining the conventions of a chick lit novel and examining the attributes of the female protagonist and the male protagonist. Within this segment, the class will examine several views on the chick lit genre: as a new evolution of the romance novel, as a return to the 1950s model of gender relations, and as a new view of the working woman. We will then do a comparative study with Pride and Prejudice, exploring the deeper social commentary that it includes and the gender roles assigned to women and men in the mid 1800s. This study should raise the question of whether chick lit should be viewed as culturally regressive, or whether it can include social commentary much like Austen's work. The course will conclude with a viewing of the 2006 film version of Pride and Prejudice and an examination of how Hollywood adapts Austen's work to fit the conventions of "chick lit." The study will hopefully raise more general questions about genre, the novel, and literary criticism, including: -How does literature respond to cultural and social trends? How does it shape them? -What makes a genre or a novel worthy of literary criticism? -How should critics and academia respond to the emergence of new genres? -How does adaptation inform both the adapted text and the adaptation itself? Readings and films may include: Kinsella, Sophie: Confessions of a Shopoholic Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice (excerpts) Film: Pride and Prejudice. (2005). Ferriss, Suzanne and Mallory Young, Ed. Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2006. Pucci, Suzanne R. and James Thompson, Ed. Jane Austen and Co.: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Culture Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003. Eliot, George, "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists."

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
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19531
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F 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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002 (SEM)
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22627
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3LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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003 (SEM)
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19532
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6LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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004 (SEM)
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19533
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W 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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005 (SEM)
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20479
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Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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006 (SEM)
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20488
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2LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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007 (SEM)
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21567
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3
4LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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008 (SEM)
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22628
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2LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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