Devoney Looser

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Hello! I'm Devoney Looser, Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University. I also go by Stone Cold Jane Austen, especially on roller skates.

My book, The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) , was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction) and has been published in a paperback edition with a new afterword and reader's guide (2019). http://www.makingjaneausten.com/ where there are also extra illustrations that didn't make it into the book.

Check out the 3-minute book trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrb3T...

I had the incredible good fortune to be named a Guggenheim Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar in 2018.

P. S. I pronounce my name DEV-oh-knee LOH-ze
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Devoney Looser I started my book, The Making of Jane Austen, with a hunch. I suspected that in describing Austen’s gradually growing reputation after her death in…moreI started my book, The Making of Jane Austen, with a hunch. I suspected that in describing Austen’s gradually growing reputation after her death in 1817 (200 years ago this year), we’d left out big chunks of the story of how she became a household name. I was surprised to discover just how much of that story we’d brushed aside.

We sometimes act as if Austen’s popularity heated up in 1995, with the BBC TV Pride and Prejudice and Colin Firth’s sexy Mr. Darcy. I wondered, “Were there any 19th- or early 20th-century Colin Firths?” It turns out that, yes, there absolutely were! It was great fun to research them and describe their impact. Extensive suffragette uses of Jane Austen were also a blast to discover.

Scholars have been asking “Why Jane Austen?” for some time, but I’ve come around to the opinion that we get some great new answers by asking, “Whose Jane Austen?” I hope that the book convinces readers that it's a fruitful new direction in the well-mined field of Austen's reception history. (less)
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