OTP [One True Pairing]: The Courtship Plot from Jane Austen to Jane the Virgin

Course Description

In this course, you will engage in a sustained critical conversation about the affordances of the courtship plot in novels, film, and television. Which political possibilities are enabled by this form and which are foreclosed? Assignments may include novels by Jane Austen, Nella Larsen, and Jenny Han, as well as TV episodes and films, including Jane the Virgin and Moonlight. Readings will also include criticism and theory, including work on genre and the relationship between literature and politics. Classroom conversations will foreground issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, and genre. You will be asked not only what effects these texts generate but how they do so through their formal features like narration, character, and plot structure. This course will involve both class discussion, group and individual discussion and writing exercises, and individual writing assignments. You should be prepared to share your work both with one another and with the instructor.

Through this course, you will:

• Engage in formal analysis of works of literature and film
• Learn how to enter into a critical conversation with literary and cultural theorists
• Improve their analytical writing skills
• Become better critical thinkers about the world around them

This three-week course introduces you to the rigors and pleasures of literary study, including close reading, formal analysis, and analytical writing. Taking this course will prepare you to succeed in literature courses at the college level.


Upon entering this course, you should be prepared and willing to spend a significant amount of time engaging with texts and writing/revising their own critical work.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Christina Gilligan
Course Number: 10368