Think Jane Austen was in her "dark ages" in the 1820s, in the first decade after she died? It wasn't quite that stark. I've just published a piece in Essays in Romanticism describing how one novelist, Jane West, reimagined Austen's Emma in her novel Ringrove (1827). Did West admire Emma or did she disapprove? Some of the changes West made to Austen's plot suggest she wanted to write a different story about gender, class, and privilege, especially when it came to farmer-suitors. Is West's Emma Herbert a fictional response to Austen's Emma Woodhouse? I think so. Let me know what you think!
My essay, "Teaching Jane Austen to Sex Offenders," appeared in Salon. It means a lot to me that this piece makes its way to readers, although I know not all will respond in the same way. The issues raised are important to me, and I think, to all of us #EducationForAll
I am so totally bowled over by this generous First Impressions Podcast review of The Making of Jane Austen. Co-host Kristin and Maggie's serious engagement and sense of humor with this book mean so much. This is a case of the book finding its right, best readers. Thank you!
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.
Prof. Devoney Looser (aka Stone Cold Jane Austen).
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