Reimagining Jane Eyre and Great Expectations: Teaching Literature through Adaptation


Santa Cruz, CA



June 23, 2019 - July 12, 2019 (3 weeks)


Summer Program

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This three-week seminar for teachers uses two case studies—Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations—to show teachers how they can use literary imitations and appropriations to connect the study of literature with the development of their students’ skills in critical reading, analytical reasoning, argumentative writing, and creative production. Informed by current and emerging trends in adaptation studies and drawing on scholarship in literary, film, and cultural studies, the seminar examines two frequently taught nineteenth-century texts as reimagined and refracted in imitative texts, plays, and films, including Rebecca, Wide Sargasso Sea, Mr. Pip, and more.

Project Director(s)

Marty Gould

Visiting Faculty

Lingerr Senghor; Shelley Karren; Alexa Garvoille; Paul Story; Jacqueline Barrios

Grantee Institution

University of California, Santa Cruz

Funded through the Division of Education Programs