Jane Austen’s public image has undergone many a revamp since her death two centuries ago this July. Often, however, she has been seen as cozy and comfortable, a genius of the domestic.
The most poignant image of a woman on TV in recent memory is none other than Reese Witherspoon driving along the Northern California coast, her bright blue eyes—a little tired around the edges—reflected back in the rear view mirror of her car. This motif, repeated frequently in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies,…
On Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett will be honored with a statue in London’s Parliament Square. She will be the first woman to join the ranks of those commemorated there.
Everyone gather round and let’s play that perennial favorite parlor game, What Killed This Famous Dead Person? Today, we’ll do Jane Austen!
Jane Austen gifted us all with the romantic character of Mr. Darcy, a brooding yet honorable man who is simply described as a “fine, tall person” with “handsome features, noble mien.” We were all able to fill in the blanks from there according to our preferences (coughColinFirthInAPondcough). No more.
No one knows for sure what Jane Austen looked like, but that won’t hold anyone back from erecting a statue of her for the bicentenary of her death this July.
Everybody knows somebody who’s a little too obsessed with British costume dramas.
At a certain point, you’d think there was enough Jane Austen out there, what with the books she wrote, the many movie adaptations of said books, the museum exhibitions, the clothing lines, the festivals, the souvenirs, and the quasi-spinoff novels like Austenland and The Jane Austen Book Club (which were speedily…
Starring Kate Beckinsale as the witty, manipulative dynamo Lady Susan, Love & Friendship is the latest from Whit Stillman, who directed both Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan.
Please do try to contain yourselves.
In January, Adelle Waldman wrote an excellent essay for the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog called “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.” In it, she notes that men and women write about marriage differently. Roth and Bellow write about mysterious attractions and breast shape; Ferrante and Austen write about the…
In honor of the February release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Hot Topic is releasing a special clothing collection that includes lingerie. If we’ve got any mediums in the house, know that I would do almost anything to hear Jane Austen’s opinion on this.
Today, December 16, is the 240th anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth in the United Kingdom. You’ve probably heard of her? Let’s mark the day with something Austen wrote to her sister while apparently hungover.
The wild enthusiasm for Jane Austen remixes has died down somewhat over the last couple of years, and yet the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues to chug along. In fact, here is your first teaser trailer.
Take it from me: You haven’t known true awkwardness until you’ve completely botched an English country dance at a masquerade ball at a Jane Austen Festival, disrupting the steps of Regency costume-clad people on both sides, finding yourself suddenly consumed with sympathy for the odious Mr. Collins of Pride and…
For a woman who spent much of her life pinched for pennies, Jane Austen sure makes a handy marketing tool today. For example, on my way into a Jane Austen Festival dance workshop at the local Guildhall (another soaring, cake-like interior), I was handed a flyer for a “Georgian Lunch Menu,” offering 20 percent off for…
It’s quite clear that, for many attendees, a highlight of the Jane Austen Festival is the opportunity to wear any number of dazzling Regency-era costumes.
Okay, I confess: I am not attending the Jane Austen Festival purely out of love for one of the greatest novelists in the history of the English language. I’m also driven by a deep and abiding love of the Regency romance.
I’m not going to subject you to the umpteen millionth permutation of the opening line of Pride and Prejudice, so let’s just lay it out there: Holy shit, there are so many Jane Austen souvenirs.
Greetings from Bath, England, where I’m currently attending the fifteenth annual Jane Austen Festival, on the two-hundredth-year anniversary of both the publication of Emma and the Battle of Waterloo, in an attempt to probe the outer limits of my own deep fondness for Austen’s oeuvre. Yes, I am dressing up.