Resisting the Romance in Black and White and Technicolor|
Spring 2009 not offered
From Jane Austen's 1813 masterwork PRIDE AND PREJUDICE to Alice Walker's contemporary epistolary novel cum motion picture and Broadway musical THE COLOR PURPLE, women writers across cultures and traditions have both resisted the romance and written the genre into being. This seminar is an in-depth examination of four primary texts, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, GONE WITH THE WIND, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, and THE COLOR PURPLE, each of which might be described as antiromantic in its critique of gender and social relations and its treatment of the commerce of coupling. In addition to heroines who must secure their futures through marriage to a single man of good fortune, these novels also have in common extraordinary extra-textual lives in prequels and sequels, fanzines and Web blogs, films and TV miniseries, and other media that will be additional subjects of study.
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Austen, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (novel, films, miniseries)
Hurston, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD (novel, TV movie)
Mitchell, GONE WITH THE WIND (novel, film)
Randall, THE WIND DONE GONE
Walker, THE COLOR PURPLE (novel, film, Broadway musical)
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Several short essays and a longer semester projrect.
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