It is not everyone who has my passion for opening a cardboard box full of books! Thanks for virtually celebrating with me the arrival of the just-released Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of Austen's Sense and Sensibility, with gorgeous cover art by Dadu Shin, and contextual essays on Inheritance, Sisters, Letter Writing, Gossip, Seduction, Illness, and Pop Culture by me.
My review/essay, "Pride and Precariousness," is in the Jan. 25th issue of the TLS, along with Reddit, London's private clubs, gender and gamers, and free speech. Sure, these things blend! . . This time my piece is behind a paywall. It could be the right time for you to to subscribe, if you don't, because that's a fabulous thing to do, if you're able to afford it. Other motivated readers without deep pockets could email me . . .
I'm excited to report that I have a piece, "The Flourishing of 'Brand Austen,'" in next week's TLS (25 Jan 2019).
Join me at ASU in Tempe? I'll be talking to the ASU Book Club on Wednesday, January 30th at noon about my book, The Making of Jane Austen. The book group is open to all in the ASU community and meets monthly from noon–1 p.m. in the Piper Writers House on ASU's Tempe campus. A no-host luncheon follows at the University Club. Looking forward to seeing you there to talk Austen.
I've got a new piece out on LitHub on Austen and Christmas. I think it contains humor. Your results may vary. . . . Either way, if you're not on LitHub's daily digest, you'll want to join. The digest curates must-see literary content on the web, not just its own essays, and I always find something there that I want to read. I'm happy to be a part of the festivities this week.
Go Pioneers! I'm honored to be included on the virtual wall of Hill-Murray High School alumni, alongside some people and classmates I admire very much. I got a chance to share why I am proud to be a Pioneer.
"Books brought to you with the help of Uncle Sam" as WaPo's Ron Charles put it. I'm just thrilled to be among the 22 writers named as 2018-19 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars. This grant will help me complete my book on sister novelists Jane and Anna Maria Porter. The NEH has been so crucial to advancing our knowledge of history, literature, and culture, and has been a formative positive force for me throughout my career. I'm incredibly grateful for this support.
It's been fun playing a small role in the publicity surrounding graduate student Nick Foretek's discovery in the Georgian Papers Programme archives that the likely first purchaser of Austen's first novel was none other than the Prince Regent. Read more about Nick's discovery--and a few quotes from snarky, amused scholars (I will cop to being both!)--in Jennifer Schuessler's fine piece in the New York Times from July 24th.
I'm happy to share my new essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, on why you should also be thinking "author platform" as you research and write. Thank you to all of the people who make it possible to get the word out about scholarship, from those at my forward-thinking institution, ASU, to those at my innovative publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press.
I'm incredibly grateful to have been named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. I'll be completing a book on the once-celebrated, now largely forgotten sister novelists, Jane and Anna Maria Porter, during my fellowship year. Hear more about that project on the WhatsHerName podcast and in this two-minute ASU video, which accompanies the print story ASU did to publicize my award. So grateful for all ASU does to get the word out there about its faculty's research accomplishments.
Prof. Devoney Looser (aka Stone Cold Jane Austen).