Janeites: Austen's Disciples and Devotees

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Deidre Lynch
Princeton University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 233 pages
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Over the last decade, as Jane Austen has moved center-stage in our culture, onto best-seller lists and into movie houses, another figure has slipped into the spotlight alongside her. This is the "Janeite," the zealous reader and fan whose devotion to the novels has been frequently invoked and often derided by the critical establishment. Jane Austen has long been considered part of a great literary tradition, even legitimizing the academic study of novels. However, the Janeite phenomenon has not until now aroused the curiosity of scholars interested in the politics of culture. Rather than lament the fact that Austen today shares the headlines with her readers, the contributors to this collection inquire into why this is the case, ask what Janeites do, and explore the myriad appropriations of Austen--adaptations, reviews, rewritings, and appreciations--that have been produced since her lifetime.

The articles move from the nineteenth-century lending library to the modern cineplex and discuss how novelists as diverse as Cooper, Woolf, James, and Kipling have claimed or repudiated their Austenian inheritance. As case studies in reception history, they pose new questions of long-loved novels--as well as new questions about Austen's relation to Englishness, about the boundaries between elite and popular cultures and amateur and professional readerships, and about the cultural work performed by the realist novel and the marriage plot.

The contributors are Barbara M. Benedict, Mary A. Favret, Susan Fraiman, William Galperin, Claudia L. Johnson, Deidre Lynch, Mary Ann O'Farrell, Roger Sales, Katie Trumpener, and Clara Tuite.

  

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If the reader believes the descriptions of this book and the introduction by Deirdre Lynch, they are probably expecting essays that chiefly deal with non-academic fans of Jane Austen. They don't ... Read full review

Contents

Jane Austen Janeites and the Discipline of Novel Studies
25
Jane Austens Friendship
45
Austens Work as Regency Popular Fiction
63
Austens Earliest Readers and the Rise of the Janeites
87
Forster James Firbank and the Queer Taste of Sanditon comp 1817 publ 1925
115
The Virago Jane Austen
140
Free and Happy Jane Austen in America
166
In Face of All the Servants Spectators and Spies in Austen
188
Gender Culture and Imperialism
206
Notes on Contributors
225
Index
227
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Deidre Lynch is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Buffalo. William B. Warner is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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