Berkeley English Faculty

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Janet Sorensen

Professor

432 Wheeler
Thursdays 1:30-3:30
jsorensen@berkeley.edu

Specialties


Books
Strange Vernaculars:  How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English
Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English

How vocabularies once associated with outsiders became objects of fascination in eighteenth-century Britain While eighteenth-century efforts to standardize the English language have long been studied—from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary to grammar and....(read more)

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The Grammar of Empire

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Recent English Courses Taught
fall, 2019

166/5

Special Topics: Seeing Is Believing: Early Realist Painting and Writing

spring, 2019

119/1

Literature of the Restoration and the Early 18th Century

H195B/1

Honors Course

fall, 2018

45B/1

Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries

45B/101 -- discussion section

Robinson, Jared

45B/102 -- discussion section

Robinson, Jared

45B/104 -- discussion section

D'Silva, Eliot

45B/105 -- discussion section

D'Silva, Eliot

45B/107 -- discussion section

Hobbs, Katherine

45B/108 -- discussion section

Hobbs, Katherine

H195A/1

Honors Course

spring, 2018

125A/1

The English Novel (Defoe through Scott)

250/2

Research Seminar: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Representing in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

fall, 2017

45B/1

Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries

45B/101 -- discussion section

Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet

45B/102 -- discussion section

Cohan, Nathan

45B/103 -- discussion section

Ding, Katherine

spring, 2017

119/1

Literature of the Restoration and the Early 18th Century

190/8

Research Seminar: Literatures of the Ocean