Share this: By Lona Manning A group of young people, passing the rainy weeks of autumn together in “a dull country house,” decide to entertain themselves by staging a play. So what’s so wrong about that, as the critic Lionel Trilling asks rhetorically in his 1954 essay? The characters in Jane Austen’s great novel, Mansfield… Read more about A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love
Share this: It’s a pleasure to have a chance to connect with other Jane Austen enthusiasts. Like many people, my passion for Jane Austen grew hugely with the 1996 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The theatricality of the characters and the beauty of her dialogue delivered by that magnificent cast made that series one that… Read more about Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood
Share this: Original content by Rhian Fender “There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.” (Mr Darcy and Mr Wickham of Pride and Prejudice) During the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, there was one virtue… Read more about Yours Sincerely: Jane Austen’s Heroes
Share this: Exclusive content by Rebecca Smith, author of The Jane Austen Writers’ Club One of the hardest things about writing is just keeping going. Lots of people can write well, but to finish a novel, receive rejections, keep on editing and revising and then do it all over again takes real stamina. Most published… Read more about Writing In Tough Times: Jane Austen in Bath and Southhampton
Share this: By Jenni Waugh I recently replied to an email enquiry from a student who was looking for an opinion on the question “To what extent does Jane Austen present her heroines as ideal women within their social contexts?” My reply ended up being fairly lengthy and is below. Let me know what you… Read more about Are Jane Austen’s Heroines Ideal Women?
Share this: By Rudy Caretti Tea or coffee? It’s one of the great British dilemmas… Despite our image as a nation of tea lovers, the numbers tell a different story. According to a report by Mintel Coffee UK, about 70 million cups of coffee were sold each day in Britain in 2008. Another report released… Read more about What Would Jane Drink? – Coffee in Jane Austen’s Work and World
Share this: The stunning new Peacock brooch, now available from our online gift shop, celebrates the long-standing association between this most handsome of fowl and Jane Austen’s comparably elegant Pride and Prejudice. As a motif, the peacock is indelibly linked with the novel; indeed so entrenched is the association that readers often assume peafowl must… Read more about The Jane Austen Peacock: How a bird became an icon
Share this: By Camilla Magnotti Komatz with illustrations from Persuasion by C.E. Brock Persuasion, Jane Austen’s last finished novel, is probably the one in which the narrative voice and the protagonist’s voice are most interwoven. Jane Austen’s opinions and visions of the changing times are much similar to those of Anne Elliot. The activity of… Read more about Inner voices: The voices of Anne and Austen in Persuasion