"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.
I can't quite believe it's true. I've been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for my book-in-progress on the once-celebrated and now-forgotten sister novelists, Jane and Anna Maria Porter. It's the only fellowship awarded this year in the category for English literature! To be among this group of fellows is stunning and humbling. I owe a huge thanks to so many mentors, supporters, and colleagues who were there every step of the way. https://www.gf.org/…/2018/04/Nominations-By-Field-US2018.pdf
It was a pleasure to be a part of this short video, in honor of women's history month, exploring gender, emotions, and passion with the amazing students of ASU's Womyn's Coalition.
My crystal ball says Jane Austen will live on! So happy to share the news of my radio interview, with the lively, delightful Susan Cahill on her fabulous show "Talking Books," for NewsTalk (Ireland).
Don't make me choose! Thanks to Laura LaVelle and Newswhistle.com for generously doing an interview with me this week, after having run a review of The Making of Jane Austen guessing that I might be fun at a party. I am always grateful for opportunities to test that theory!
Friends, you made it happen, "by a wide margin"! Your votes for my book led it to a win for the Inside Higher Ed Reader's Choice Award for 2017. I'm so grateful for your support, of me and my book, The Making of Jane Austen, and of my fantastic publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press. The Press has had its books win this award (which is based entirely on reader votes/likes on social media) three years running!
Prof. Devoney Looser (aka Stone Cold Jane Austen).
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