Everybody's Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination
The plethora of Jane-Austen-related fiction and nonfiction--sequels, mysteries, dating guides, invented biographies, and more--that has appeared within the last decade attests to her readers' enthusiasm for re-envisioning her characters as well as herself. Everybody's Jane is the first study to investigate fully these popular appropriations of Austen in England and America...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published January 19th 2012)
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A collection of analytical essays by Juliette Wells focused on Jane Austen as she has been imagined in modern popular culture. Highlighting the amateur (here she chooses the more positive definition of someone who is eager and ready to enjoy, rather than the more negative ideal of an unskilled/inept person) communities that embrace the idea of enjoying Austen on a personal level, an idea most shocking and frivolous to the academic community. Chapters are devoted to an Austen collector, Austen's...more
I enjoyed this book. It's an academic (but very accessible) survey of Jane Austen in the non-academic consciousness. Wells had chapters on Jane Austen societies, collectors, movies, literary tourists and fan fiction. The majority of the material was new to me - particularly the chapters on collectors, societies, literary tourists and fan fiction. She also covered different editions of Austen - which ones are written for academics and which ones for people who like to **think** they are academics...more
This book looks at the "amateur" readers of Jane Austen and what their sheer enjoyment of her works can bring to the academic table. Also, looked at Jane Austen in popular culture and how the various spin-offs etc. reflect what we want from Jane as well as what that says about ourselves, and the personal connection each "fan" has with their beloved Jane. Loved it! Makes me feel so good to be a "Janeite".