Societal Polyphony in Burney and Austen: Using Digital Tools to Invite Students into the Conversation

Bethany Williamson
2019 ABO : Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830  
How can we invite our students to experience the social wit and wisdom of the eighteenth-century novel, 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 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
more » ... sson plans--easily adapted for 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 different texts and courses--that use digital technology to engage students' imaginations and cultivate skills of reading comprehension and interpretation. The first, " skills of reading comprehension and interpretation. The first, "Evelina Tweet Fest," invites students to Tweet Fest," invites students to participate in a collaborative conversation on a simulated Twitter platform, translating the literary 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 polyphony of Frances Burney's epistolary novel into the language of our own, status-conscious milieu. The second, " second, "Pride and Prejudice meets Myers-Briggs," taps into student interest in online personality quizzes 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. and asks them to use Austen's textual clues to explain character quirks and relational dynamics.
doi:10.5038/2157-7129.9.2.1200 fatcat:qygivon32zaulcdypwms3eqpga