Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Apr. 12–May 17
Instructor: Elizabeth Lambert
In recent times, a form of fiction has emerged called “fan fiction.” Put simply, it is the modern adaption of an original work. In Jane Austen’s case, adaptations have run the gamut from zombies to sea monsters. Extreme adaptations aside, one of the best, if not the best, has been written with our generation in mind: Jane Austen in Boca by Paula Marantz Cohen. To see just how cleverly Cohen has adapted Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we will read a portion of Cohen’s book, then turn our attention to the ever-popular Pride and Prejudice. Finally, we will return to Jane Austen in Boca and put all the pieces together. Whether this is your first reading of Pride and Prejudice or your return to an old favorite, you will delight in seeing the ways that Austen’s masterpiece never ceases to be relevant. Jane Austen in Boca is available in book or Kindle form; the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice is recommended.
Beth Lambert is the coordinator of the Reston OLLI program and the History Club. In 2008 she retired from Gettysburg College, where she taught courses on all aspects of 18th-century Britain. At OLLI she teaches some of her favorite subjects (with Jane Austen’s novels ranking high among them), and she loves sharing them with OLLI members.