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Everybody's Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination

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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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Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somewhere between 3.25 and 3.75.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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". ...more
One of the truly curious things about Austen is just how many different incarnations of her there are. In the space of two hundred years, the ghost of Austen has been conjured in many different forms: saint, saviour, genius - and of course, more recently, in a wider and wider variety of guises: lover, detective, even bloodsucking and immortal vampire.

Biographies of Austen, and accounts of her work, frequently try to chip away at the layers and layers of disguises she has been coated with, in an
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have NO idea how this book hit my shelf....but I grabbed it for the reading challenge. I expected a book about Jane Austen for the every day fan (which the author keeps claiming this book is!)--- instead this is a collection of academic "articles" written about Jane Austen....but boring enough that I don't care to recommend it for others. The author does take a very diverse mix of topics-- but nothing that a reader/fan/enthusiast would want to track down in order to better understand Ms. Auste ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
For a book that was supposed to be for the 'amateur' reader of Jane Austen, this was remarkably dull and dry in places. There was an excessive amount of plot detail of several genre-bending-fanfic works. There was also an in-text reference so a piece of art work the author had seen in Winchester Cathedral that was apparently on the frontispiece of the book.... I couldn't see it.

Perhaps it didn't appeal as it was more geared to an American audience? Anyway, I don't think it is worth a place in my
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