Societal Polyphony in Burney and Austen: Using Digital Tools to Invite Students into the Conversation
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
How can we invite our students to experience the social wit and wisdom of the eighteenth-century novel, on an interactive level? Addressing challenges faced by those who teach eighteenth-century novels in General Education surveys or seminar classes, this essay offers two lesson plans--easily adapted for different texts and courses--that use digital technology to engage students' imaginations and cultivate skills of reading comprehension and interpretation. The first, " Evelina Tweet Fest," invites students to participate in a collaborative conversation on a simulated Twitter platform, translating the literary polyphony of Frances Burney's epistolary novel into the language of our own, status-conscious milieu. The second, " Pride and Prejudice meets Myers-Briggs," taps into student interest in online personality quizzes and asks them to use Austen's textual clues to explain character quirks and relational dynamics.
Frances Burney, Jane Austen; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator;
Aphra Behn Online : Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830
DOI of Published Version
Williamson, Bethany, "Societal Polyphony in Burney and Austen: Using Digital Tools to Invite Students into the Conversation" (2019). Faculty Articles & Research. 411.