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Janet Sorensen

Associate Professor
432 Wheeler
Wednesdays 11-12:30 and by appointment
jsorensen@berkeley.edu


Specialties

Books

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no cover uploaded yet The Grammar of Empire
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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 elocution books of the period—less well-known are the era's popular collections of odd slang, criminal argots, provincial dialects, and nautical jarg....

Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
125A/1 The English Novel (Defoe through Scott) Pre-1800 Requirement
British 18th-Century
Novel
250/2 Research Seminar: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Representing in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction British 18th-Century
Graduate Courses
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45B/1 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Introductory Surveys
45B/101 -- discussion section Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet
45B/102 -- discussion section Cohan, Nathan
45B/103 -- discussion section Ding, Katherine
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
119/1 Literature of the Restoration and the Early 18th Century Pre-1800 Requirement
British 18th-Century
Novel
Drama
Poetry
190/8 Research Seminar: Literatures of the Ocean Pre-1800 Requirement
British 18th-Century
Novel
Poetry
Research Seminars
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45B/1 Literature in English: Late-17th through Mid-19th Centuries Introductory Surveys
45B/101 -- discussion section Barbour, Andrew John
45B/102 -- discussion section Lesser, Madeline
45B/103 -- discussion section Young, Rosetta
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45B/2 Literature in English: Late-17th through Mid-19th Centuries Introductory Surveys
45B/201 -- discussion section Ehrlinspiel, Hannah Kathryn
45B/202 -- discussion section Lorden, Jennifer A.
246F/1 Graduate Proseminar: The Later-Eighteenth Century British 18th-Century
Graduate Courses
Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
120/1 Literature of the Later 18th Century Pre-1800 Requirement
British 18th-Century
125A/1 The English Novel (Defoe through Scott) Pre-1800 Requirement
British 18th-Century
Novel

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