The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton(3/26/17)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell(3/5/17)
Ok, I actually looked at pg 116 first…so…..
“….the custom of his nature, partly to give her time to recover.”
I love Roger and Molly!!!!! “Wives and Daughters” -Kirk
Ginny Boxall shared Visit Alton’s photo to the group: The Jane Austen Picture Wall.
February 22 at 3:01pm ·
Find out more about Alton on our Visit Alton FB page
Found via the Austentatious Library:
Found via Jane Austen Fan Club:
Travel review: Retracing Jane Austen’s life in Hampshire
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Ella Walker retraces the author’s life in Hampshire.
Another great post by Tony Grant!!!
A VISIT TO BATH
Bath Sometimes, among all the unwanted adverts, links and promotions that crop up on my i-phone there sometimes, just sometimes, is som…
Found via Austentatious Library(great comment below!)….shared Alan Rickman’s photo.
“An amazing spirit, the most perfect Col Brandon. I said when he passed that he’s with Austen now hearing from her what a dashing Brandon he was ❤ Miss Katie"
"Caroline's reminiscences, although they do not make many specific references to her aunt, illuminate the background against which the latter lived and wrote, and provide further information on the people and events mentioned in Jane's correspondence…..Caroline's own life was singularly quiet and uneventful….when she was fourteen her father told his aunt, Mrs Leigh Perrot: 'Caroline has that playfulness of mind united with an affectionate heart, which so peculiarly marked our lamented Jane'…" -pg 1 "Reminiscences of Caroline Austen" Introduction by Deirdre Le Faye
The dueling Jones "sisters" as Catherine Morland!!!!
On the left, portrait of Priscilla Jones, 1796, by Thomas Barker. Deirdre Le Faye in "Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels" pgs 206-207, posts the painting and comments "Perhaps Catherine Morland looked like this when she first arrived in Bath."
To the right, my beloved Felicity Jones in NA 2007. Photo strip by
"#10. Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey 2007 – Though not always modest the dresses worn by Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland are so delightfully pretty! I really love all the fabrics and details that were put into Catherine, Isabella and Eleanor's dresses for this film. My favorite is Catherine's drop-front gown (far left) because the fabric is just exquisite!"
Found via the Wichita Public Library:
Found via Austentatious Library:
“No fewer than four of Jane’s novels start their main action in September: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion. This is not accidental, but tacitly acknowledges that the slight pause after the hectic and anxious time of harvesting gave the opportunity for both farmers and gentry to plan for agricultural and social life respectively.” -pg 105 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen’s Country Life: Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels”
Thank you Prof. Price Grisham for mentioning Anne Chancellor(Caroline Bingley ’95/Jane Austen’s great niece x 8) in his talk “Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady” at Hamilton-Wenham PL on 2/4. Only episode 2 is unavailable of the 8 episodes. Odd note…Phyllis Logan(Downton Abbey’s Mrs Hughes) plays Mrs Austen.
The real Jane Austen 1-8
A BBC documentary produced in 2002 and directed by Nicky Patterson. The narrator Anne Chancellor is related to Jane Austen herself and played the part of Car…
“Her way of thinking and writing is moderate and tolerant. It is much closer is spirit to the best precepts of the late twentieth century than to the Victorians following her who stifled themselves under the weight of their own heavy moralizing but whose fictional flow, by contrast, tended to regress to Gothic melodrama as ludicrous in Jane’s eyes as in ours” (From Kirk: This means you Chuckie and all three Very Twisted English Sisters!!!!!!) – Audrey Hawkridge “Jane and her Gentlemen: Jane Austen and The Men in Her Life and Novels”, Introduction
“The apple harvest started in late August and continued until mid-October…..” pg 104 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen’s Country Life: Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels”
“Unfortunately for the cat lovers amongst us, there are no references to cats in the novels, and only two in Jane’s letters.”
-pg203 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen’s Country Life: Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels”
While not yet destined for a public project, I hope someone will choose it! Found via JASNA – North Texas!
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Robert Truscott -Sculpture and Drawing Progress-
January 26 at 8:50pm ·
My version of Jane Austen gets underway
“Lancelot Brown(1716-1783), also known as ‘Capability’, liked to call himself a ‘place-maker’, but more often described as a magician.” -pg 13 John Phibbs “Capability Brown: Designing the English Landscape”
It is possible to say of Jane Austen, as perhaps we can say of no other writer, that the opinions which are held of her work are almost as interesting, and almost as important to think about, as the work itself’ (Lionel Trilling, 1957)
“Were Lionel Trilling alive today(2000 -AiB), he might be forgiven for deciding that there were too many opinions of Austen’s work to ‘think about’. At the end of the millennium the evidence for Austen’s appeal is plentiful.” -pg 3 “Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees” Edited by Deidre Lynch
A strange business this in America, Dr. Grant! What is your opinion?
“Her niece Anna recalled in later years that Jane loved the country, and her delight in natural scenery was such that she would sometimes say she thought it must form one of the joys of heaven. This first-hand knowledge of country life underpins her writings and gives the time-frame against which she constructs her plots; she was not only a clergyman’s daughter, but a farmer’s daughter as well…..” -pg 8 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen’s Country Life”
Photo…..Image of field with sheep, Chawton House, Tony Grant(he has a great blog London Calling)
These have been making the rounds, so I’m sharing them too. Far too grim for me…..
Illustrating Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park – in pictures
Here are the 23 competition finalists in the running to illustrate the Folio Society’s new edition of the classic story of Fanny Price
“On 2 February there was the Feast of Candlemas, when lights and candles were blessed; lengthening of the days became apparent, and towards the end of the month it would be possible to dine without candles, an event which good housewives might note in their pocketbooks, since candles, especially good quality wax ones, were expensive items in the domestic budget. Dining by natural light at this time of the year was in fact not so unlikely as it sounds, since at this period dinner, especially in the country, was taken very much earlier in the mid-afternoon – in 1798, when Cassandra was away staying at Godmersham, Jane wrote to her: ‘We dine now at half after Three, & have done dinner I suppose before you begin….’ ” -pg 78-79 Deirdre Le Faye “Jane Austen’s Country Life: Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels”
“The critic Nicholas Dames proposes that Fanny’s room of her own may be understood as a kind of memory theater: the memory staged within its walls, he says, is that particularly modern, strangely forgetful form of memory that the later nineteenth century would call nostalgia.” -pg 4 Deidre Shauna Lynch “Jane Austen Mansfield Park: An Annotated Edition Edited by Deidra Shauna Lynch”
Jane Odiwe on Twitter
“200 years of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.”
TWITTER.COM|BY JANE ODIWE
I think MP 1983 is faithful. Captivating? -Kirk
February 1 at 10:13am ·
This is sweet💖
#Mansfield_Park #Austentatious_library #Jane_Austen #Fake_Trailer
Mansfield Park Fake Trailer
In my opinion, there hasn’t yet been a completely faithful and captivating adaptation of Mansfield Park. This is what I would (ideally) like it to be like. I…
….the fact that when Mary Crawford was in the room, she was the central point of interest and animation, and that, in addition to her natural powers, she had the air of sophistication and fashion which made her seem as of another world in the eyes of her friends and relations in the country.” pg 265 Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
Interesting quick review…..
Review: Lady Susan by Jane Austen
Recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself and her daughter and is not afraid to use all her guile to achieve it. About the Book Lady Susan is a short epis…
Maria has been very good to AiB and to me personally!(lol, Rita from All Things has been too) -Kirk
All Things Jane Austen
January 30 at 3:08pm ·
Maria Grazia Spila, Italian Janeite and blogger extraordinaire from My Jane Austen Book Club needs our help. Check it out! It’s a great project. Please spread the word!
Helping a Janeite Spread the Love for Reading
Visit the post for more.
“Throughout Jane Austen’s fiction, estates function not only as the settings of action but as indexes to the character and social responsibility of their owners. Thus in Pride and Prejudice the aesthetic good sense that is evident in the landscape of Pemberley(“neither formal, nor falsely adorned” ) permits the reader (and Elizabeth) to infer the fundamental worth of Darcy’s social and ethical character, while in Emma Donwell Abbey, with its “suitable, becoming, characteristic situation” (358), is the appropriate expression of Knightley’s firm sense of stewardship…..Landscape improvements, too, figure incidentally in all the novels, but it is in Mansfield Park that Jane Austen chooses to make them a recurring motif and, in so doing, to suggest an attitude to the process of social change that is central to all her fiction.” -pgs38-39 Alistair M. Duckworth “The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels”
Found via @Jane Austen is totally my religion!
“Brown had the uncanny ability to transform the countryside, and yet leave no mark of his presence upon it, and in consequence….such ‘was the effect of his genius that when he was the happiest man, he will be least remembered; so closely did he copy nature that his works will be mistaken.’ That sense of magic and mystery persists as we try to understand Brown today.” -pg 14 John Phibbs “Capability Brown: Designing the England Landscape”
pg 187 “…Caroline had found Demelza and was telling her gleefully of a splendid new novel she had just read called Pride and Prejudice, the author was anonymous, but such was its comic insight that Caroline was not surprised to discover it had been written ‘by a lady’. ”
Jane Austen wedding inspiration via Wedding Sparrow blog
“The humor of Emma is implicit in every turn of the work; and it has not only excellent comic characters such as the Eltons and Harriet Smith, but it is decorated, in the persons of Mr Woodhouse and Miss Bates, with two of the masterpieces of English comedy”. pg 199 Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
Jane Austen Detectives
January 22 at 1:22pm ·
#JaneAusten’s #DesertIslandDiscs a copy of her #music sheet of Dibdins “The Soldiers Adieu” #composers
The happiest of bdays to dearest dearest Rosamund!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to her new movie ‘A United Kingdom’. -Kirk
“Written between 27 January and 18 March 1817, and abandoned a few months before her death, Sanditon goes further in the direction announced by Persuasion, convincingly suggesting that Jane Austen’s art had not reached the end of its trajectory when her life came to its premature end” -pg 210 Alistair M Duckworth “The Improvement of the The Estate: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels”
My first Austen experience…that I remember(I saw it three times in the theater!). Perhaps Rickman and Grant’s performances(although I now prefer Dan Stevens ’08 Edward) are why I rank Col Brandon and Edward higher than most people. -Kirk
The Making of Jane Austen
Yesterday at 11:45am ·
On 26 January 1996, Ang Lee’s film Sense and Sensibility, with its Oscar-winning screenplay by Emma Thompson, had its US release. The Making of Jane Austen’s Devoney Looser had the pleasure of writing about the film’s impact last year in The Atlantic.
‘Sense and Sensibility’ and Jane Austen’s Accidental Feminists
In Emma Thompson’s Oscar-winning screenplay, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant star as heroes who embrace women’s desires and well-being.
THEATLANTIC.COM|BY DEVONEY LOOSER
As the only male in two Austen bookclubs, I greatly admire Grigg……..-Kirk
“Jane Austen’s novels all reflect her view that physical health was essential to female beauty. Marianne Dashwood and Catherine Morland with their fondness for the open air, and even more the lively, agile Elizabeth Bennet, are in keeping with this kind of attraction….In none of the heroines, however, is the ideal of vital beauty realized so fully as in Emma. Mrs. Weston says of her: ‘There is health not merely in her bloom but in her air, her head, her glance. One hears sometimes of a child being ‘the picture of health’; now Emma always gives me the idea of being the complete picture of grown-up health. She is loveliness itself.’ ” -pg 303 Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
This looks a little like Lizzy Bennet Diaries lovely Laura Spencer….
From the oddest Austen Adaptation……..
“Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady: 1 p.m. Feb. 4. In 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen will appear on both the two pound coin and the 10 pound note. The only female to feature more prominently on British currency is Queen Elizabeth II, one of the most recognizable faces in the world. But what did Jane Austen, the most famous female writer in the world, actually look like? Austen’s face throughout two centuries has, like the writer herself, been reticent. “Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady” will look at the few possible portraits of the writer that exist and examine their authenticity. Only two by her sister, Cassandra, have the stamp of authority yet give little detail. Other portraits, some discovered very recently, are more detailed, but are they accurate? Examine copies of them yourself and help answer the question, “What did Jane Austen look like?” Presented by professor Price Grisham. Funded by the Friends. Free.” Hamilton-Wenham PL
“To wonder what Jane Austen really was like is speculatively and tentatively to initiate the structure of identification and complementarity and difference that is friendship. Would she have liked me? Was she like me? Would she have challenged me or scared? shopped with me? found me too much? would I have liked those things? would she? Is it possible she was writing to me?”
-pg 45 “Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees” Edited by Deidre Lynch…from the essay ‘Jane Austen’s Friendship’ by Mary Ann O’Farrell
One of Jane Austen’s means of enhancing probability is the extraordinary care-or perhaps the spontaneous insight-with which she manages a family relationship. This is one of the rarest attributes among novelists, but she has it in perfection. The Bennet family provide an excellent example of her skill in this respect; JANE BENNET(caps by AiB) inherits the mother’s beauty and the mother’s disposition towards good humor, which in Mrs. Bennet had been soured by her having no strength of mind to act as a preservative; but Jane combines this good humor with the father’s strong cast of mind, though that particular mind in Mr. Bennet had deteriorated into selfishness and cynicism”. pg 346-347, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
“Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady: 1 p.m. Feb. 4. In 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen will appear on both the two pound coin and the 10 pound note. The only female to feature more prominently on British currency is Queen Elizabeth II, one of the most recognizable faces in the world. But what did Jane Austen, the most famous female writer in the world, actually look like? Austen’s face throughout two centuries has, like the writer herself, been reticent. “Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady” will look at the few possible portraits of the writer that exist and examine their authenticity. Only two by her sister, Cassandra, have the stamp of authority yet give little detail. Other portraits, some discovered very recently, are more detailed, but are they accurate? Examine copies of them yourself and help answer the question, “What did Jane Austen look like?” Presented by professor Price Grisham. Funded by the Friends. Free.”
Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady Talk
Sat 1 PM · South Hamilton Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
“Admiral and Mrs. Croft strike, as it were, a major chord in the harmony of Persuasion. The Admiral himself…..is a figure so lovable that, with the Musgroves, he does much to create the domestic warmth of the story, that contrasts so effectively with the atmosphere of Sir Walter, Mrs. Clay and Mr. Elliot”. -pg 345, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
“It is Mrs. Croft, however, who is really the more interesting of the two. Her devotion to her husband is complete, and she had the strength of mind and body to able to enter activity into the way of life his profession imposed upon her.” -pg 346 Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
Barbara Pym, the writer most like Jane Austen
Jane Austen would have appreciated an acerbic comment I remember reading, something along the lines of “Any woman who can write grammatically is…
“What she had learned from this apparently eventless existence is shown by the amazing rapidity which she composed those three later novels, whose worlds of experience are so solid in their detachment, so infinite in the associations they bring about in the reader’s mind with depths upon depths of human nature, that one would imagine they had been the slow growth of half a lifetime, instead of, as they are, that of little more than a twelvemonth each”. pg 212, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
“Her love of children, like her love of Nature, has sometimes been ignored, and her description of the disagreeable children of Lady Middleton is made to symbolize her attitude to children as a whole”. pg182, Elizabeth Jenkins “Jane Austen”
pg 254 “In drawing rooms up and down the country, there was a feeling that a young, personable queen of marriageable age must be in want of a husband.” Hahahahaha!
Found via All Things Jane Austen……
“The dialogue of Jane Austen’s men and women is so strikingly in character, what they say is at once so expressive of themselves and so material in forwarding the action, that although her stories are built on a structure which, solid as it is, contains very little incident, the idea of the theatre naturally rises in the mind when one is considering some of it.” -pg 237-238 “Jane Austen” by Elizabeth Jenkins
Oh what a Caroline!!!!
“Love and Friendship is perhaps the most remarkable of the extremely youthful pieces; but for sheer wit the first place is held by ‘The History of England, from the reign of Henry the 4th to the death of Charles the 1st, by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian’; the historian being aged fifteen.
It is not only that she succeeds, where a child almost never succeeds, in being genuinely witty; but besides having acquired a grasp if the subject itself, she shows in these short paragraphs applied to the various reigns a completely disillusioned attitude to the practice of writing history, at a time when, an ardent schoolgirl, she was passionately interested in the study of it.” -pg 30-31 “Jane Austen” by Elizabeth Jenkins
The Jane Austen Experience shared Sam Petherick’s photo:
“This would have been a view that Jane would have enjoyed on one of her walks”
Happy Bday Cassandra Austen!!!!!!!!!!
Biography of Cassandra Austen
Cassandra Elizabeth Austen was born January 9th 1773 in Steventon, Hampshire to Reverend George Austen and Cassandra nee Leigh. She was the …
Happy Bday to Tom Lefroy!!!!
“At length the Day is come on which I am to flirt my last with Tom Lefroy, and when you receive this it will be over—my tears flow as I write, at the melancholy idea”. JA to CEA 1/15/1796
Thomas Langlois Lefroy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thomas Langlois Lefroy (8 January 1776 – 4 May 1869) was an Irish-Huguenot politician and judge. He served as an MP for the constituency of Dublin…
Thomas Langlois Lefroy – Wikipedia
Thomas Langlois Lefroy (8 January 1776 – 4 May 1869) was an Irish-Huguenot politician and judge. He served as an MP for the constituency of Dublin University in 1830–1841, Privy Councillor of Ireland in 1835–1869 and Lord Chief Justice of Ireland in 1852–1866.
Happy Bday Tom Leroy!!!!
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All Things Jane Austen
January 1 at 1:13pm ·
This is awesome! Read more about it on the post below.
Please check the 2017 event listing from Deborah Yaffe. I’m sure there’s more to come!
A whirlwind new year for Janeites
2017, the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death, will be a whirlwind year for Janeites, replete with festivals, exhibitions, lectures, conferences and balls.
Current book schedule
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton(3/26/17)
Wives and Daughters(3/5/17)
Found via author Laura Hile……
Two lovely characters…..
Rose Fairbanks Author
Yesterday at 10:08am ·
Have you ever considered the similarities between Jane Fairfax and Jane Bennet?
A January of Janes- Courted by Inconsiderate Lovers
Happy New Year! I’m starting a new theme for blog posts both here and on my own blog for 2017. Each month will have a new theme and posts on Thursdays. For January, I will be examining Jane Bennet …
Linda to The Jane Austen Picture Wall
NAME THAT NOVEL!!
Below is a line from one of our Dearest Jane’s novel. Which novel is it and who is this conversation between??? 💖
“You may as well call it impertinence at once. It was very little less. The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused and interested you, because I was so unlike them. Had you not been really amiable, you would have hated me for it; but, in spite of the pains you took to disguise yourself, your feelings were always noble and just; and, in your heart, you thoroughly despised the persons who so assiduously courted you. There — I have saved you the trouble of accounting for it; and really, all things considered, I begin to think it perfectly reasonable. To be sure, you knew no actual good of me — but nobody thinks of that when they fall in love.”
The real reason Jane Austen never married
Acknowledged as one of the greatest writers in the English language, Jane Austen’s romantic novels are admired across the world. Yet, while her literary heroines enjoyed romantic wedded bliss, A
1/20 Becoming Jane
1/27 They have Bride and Prejudice!
Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, Inc. (MA)
January 2 at 6:19pm ·
Happy New Year from the Friends! Lots of exciting programs upcoming. One of our faves is the Friday Flicks at Fowler where we’ve pulled together some great foreign films offered free on the lower level of the West Concord branch library. Join us Jan. 20 for “Becoming Jane,” a biographical film about Jane Austen. Free popcorn! Be there by 7 p.m. to get a good seat.
Happy New Year!!!!! More books please! Cheers! 🙂
Just Jane 1813 Reviewer’s Favorites / 2016 Awards & Giveaways
Good morning, my very dear Just Jane 1813 readers! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely holiday season and that you’re ready to wrap up another great year in…
Well, thanks Patriot Ledger!!!
“(But don’t worry, Jane Austen is still in.)
Zombies also might finally be out — “The Walking Dead” saw big ratings declines on AMC after it showed one of its favorite characters getting beaten to death with a baseball bat (something which you never had to worry about on “The Andy Griffith Show”). And the movie “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” was exactly as successful as you’d expect. (But don’t worry, Jane Austen is still in.)”
Slouching towards 2017: What’s in and what’s out
Find out what’s in and what’s out as another year kicks off.
PATRIOTLEDGER.COM|BY PETER CHIANCA
In Trying Times, the Balm of Jane Austen
The predictability of “Pride and Prejudice” was the perfect escape from a grim passage.
NYTIMES.COM|BY SUSAN CHIRA
This one is on YouTube. Thank Maire Flannery for mentioning Robin Ellis as Edward Ferrars in this one. It’s not terrible but certainly bit odd in spots. And no Margaret….grrr. And Marianne, alas for this card carrying Team Marianne fan, is not even up to the level of Charity Wakefield(never mind Kate Winslet). I have mixed feelings about this Elinor.
SENSE & SENSIBILITY (1971) Episode 1 Part 1/5
BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Directed by David Giles. Mrs. Dashwood – Isabel Dean Elinor Dashwood – Joanna David Marianne…
Pamela Jane on Twitter
““I sincerely hope your Christmas in Hertfordshire may abound in the gaieties which that season generally brings..”#PrideandPrejudice #austen”
TWITTER.COM|BY PAMELA JANE
This is in Boston next month!
The Food of “Downton Abbey”: Cook Like Mrs Patmore! – Boston Center for Adult Education
Fig & Stilton Salad with Port Wine Dressing Chicken Lyonnaise Scones Cottage Pie Pimms Cup Like the rest of us, you’re obsessed with the show, and your mouth waters every time the Granthams sit down for a meal. Come join our own Mrs Patmore & Daisy rolled into one, Genevieve Forde, as you get hands-…
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Kate Beckinsale: ‘Austen’s Lady Susan is like Emma on steroids’
Her second collaboration with Walt Stillman in Love & Friendship has brought her the best reviews of her career
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY CATHERINE SHOARD
Found via author Maria Grace….
Sorting Jane Austen Characters Into Hogwarts Houses: The Definitive Guide
images by Katherine Makowky You love Jane Austen. You love Harry Potter. So why not sort your favorite Austen characters into Hogwarts houses? I could not come…
“In addition to writing essays on her novels, students discuss the modern fan culture surrounding Jane Austen: how it changes perceptions of her writings, how today’s fans differ from earlier “Janeites,” and the sometimes tense relationship between Austen scholars and Austen adulators.”
“Her 2000 edited collection, Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees, argues that “there are more productive things to do” with the adaptations, reviews, rewritings, and appreciations of Austen that have accumulated in nearly two centuries than merely adjudicate between “faithful and unfaithful” readings.”
“Yet Lynch is no uncritical fan of fans. She looks with a cool professional detachment at fan love, and at the readings and misreadings that spring from its ardent flames. Her scholarly interest in fans and readers speaks to a fascination with the power they have wielded over literature since the dawn of mass print and consumer culture—not as merely passive receivers, but as dynamic forces in the literary world. Much of her published work seems driven by twinned sympathy and skepticism: she knows what it’s like to love a piece of literature, but is unconvinced that love is always a straightforward or good thing.”
“Feelings Ought to Be Investigated”
Deidre Lynch on the cult of Jane Austen and the complexities of loving literature
Found via Ceri Tanti! It is online for the US at BBC 4 radio player. I’m up to Episode 5 and find it highly diverting! Minor changes here and there but it has the true spirit of the book.
Episode 1, Northanger Abbey, 15 Minute Drama – BBC Radio 4
Jane Austen’s satire on all things Gothic with Miriam Margolyes.
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