What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
The Love and Friendship Trailer is Here!
Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen film adaptation, Love and Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, is set to open the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 21st.
Great news! Even better, we can now finally see a trailer for the upcoming film, which is set to be released in the UK on the 27th of May, and you can find the latest official trailer here. We can hardly wait!
Staying In the Estate That Inspired Pride and Prejudice
Rumor has it that Austen started writing Pride and Prejudice after a rejuvenating stay at Goodnestone Park; an English manor in Kent—and that a double wedding held at the mansion inspired the double weddings of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and of her sister Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley.
Now the estate will be available to stay in for the first time this coming July, and it gives guests the chance to step back into 18th-century England. It has 12-bedrooms, formal dining rooms, cozy drawing rooms, and, of course, a vast classic library!
It’s not cheap, but it is stunning! You can have a look at a few of the photos of the estate here.
A Thesis That We’ll Want To Read
On the whole our impression of university thesis’ are that they are pretty heavy going, and generally have very complex titles about sub-atomic particles, or maybe the life cycle of the Amazonian tree frog. But one thesis that we do want to read when it’s finished is that of Matthew Kim from Wesleyan University, whose thesis is about the ethics of Jane Austen’s comedy.
His deadline is a few weeks away yet though so we have a little longer to wait. We wish him the very best of luck with his final push to completion!
Pride and Prejudice and the Risque Rewrite
Pride and Prejudice has been rewritten and adapted an extraordinary number of times and in various forms, and the latest rewrite comes from Curtis Sittenfeld, a well-established American writer, in the form of her new novel Eligible.
But, as you can probably tell from the following brief quote, it’s a lot less reserved than Austen’s original, and is far more, shall we say… openly explicit? It won’t be for everyone, but it might well be just what a few Austen fans have been waiting for.
‘Tell me you want me,’ he demanded. His voice was a deep rumble, husky and full of the promise of what was to come. ‘Tell me what you want from me.’
Brontë on Austen
Not everyone is a Jane Austen fan. This was apparently the case for Charlotte Brontë who, although another author who fans of Jane Austen also tend to be fond of, was not so keen on Austen herself it seems.
As celebrations for 200 years since the publication of Emma continue, a letter written by Charlotte to her editor, William Smith Williams, has gone on display which says that, while Charlotte thought that Jane “does her business of delineating the surface of the lives of genteel English people curiously well”, she thought that Jane lacked passion.
Her business is not half so much with the human heart as with the human eyes, mouth, hands, and feet. What sees keenly, speaks aptly, moves flexibly, it suits her to study; but what throbs fast and full, though hidden, what the blood rushes through, what is the unseen seat of life and the sentient target of death—this Miss Austen ignores.
As much as we love Charlotte on this occasion we simply cannot agree with her.
Austen and International Women’s Day
Jane Austen is viewed by many as a feminist writer of her time, so we were delighted to learn that Susannah Fullterton of the Jane Austen Society of Australia was invited to be one of the speakers at a meeting hosted by the View Clubs of Australia Area ND as part of the celebrations on March 11th.
Almost 200 years after Jane’s death it’s fantastic to know that Jane is still a part of inspiring feminists and gender equality.
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