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Winter 2019


The contemporary Austen classroom might appreciate cultural and racial diversity, examine popular culture’s distortions of the original texts, and consider multimodal ways of reading. This paper reflects on a course that “flipped” the research process in order to “find” Austen and her works in the popular culture and to evaluate our understanding in the twenty-first century. Students discovered the commodification and distortion of “Jane Austen” and conducted research for creative projects to learn more about the social, cultural, and historical contexts of the written texts.


This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, volume 61, issue 4, in 2019 following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available through the University of Texas Press at

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