Therese Neumann, one of our academic reps out on the field, informed us about Professor Rosemary Johnsen,
who designed a master's seminar in English literature around Penguin and its pioneering history of publishing
quality paperback books at affordable prices. Johnsen teaches at Governors State University, an upper-division
and graduate university located south of Chicago. Studying Penguin was Johnsen's creative tool to teach 20th-century
British cultural history and the literary landscape of the mid- and late- 20th century. The students examined different
Penguin-published books including Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps
Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover
and Orwell's Why I Write and
what makes them appropriately "Penguin" books. They even coined expressions like "penguinesque" and "Penguin people" to examine
Penguin culture. Featured in the Chicago Tribune on January 17th, Professor Johnsen hopes to teach the course again next year.
Stay tuned for more information about how you too can teach a course on Penguin!