Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line is JASNA's digital, peer-reviewed publication. It offers essays on Jane Austen’s writing, her world, and her legacy in literature and other media. Each issue includes papers from JASNA’s most recent Annual General Meeting as well as essays by scholars and others on a variety of topics.
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Jane Austen and Co. by Suzanne R. Pucci (Editor); James Thompson (Editor)
Call Number: TC Wilson Library General Collection PR4038.F55 J33 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-09
Examines recent Austen remakes as well as other "post-heritage" films and television shows to show how the past is reshaped for a contemporary market.
Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen by Gabrielle Malcolm (Editor)
Call Number: TC Wilson Library General Collection PR4037 .J288 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-15
Nearly two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is one of the most widely read and beloved English novelists of any era. Writing and publishing anonymously during her lifetime, the woman responsible for some of the most enduring characters (and couples) of modern romantic literature--including Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley--was credited only as "A Lady" on the title pages of her novels. It was not until her nephew published a memoir of his "dear Aunt Jane" more than five decades after her death that she became widely known. From then on, her fame only grew, and fans and devotees, so-called Janeites, soon obsessed over and idolized her. Austen soon found an appreciative audience not only of readers but also of academics, whose scholarship legitimated and secured her place in the canon of Western literature. Today, Austen's work is still assigned in courses, obsessed over by readers young and old, parodied and parroted, and adapted for films. Were she alive today, Austen might not recognize some of the work her novels have inspired, such as a retelling of Sense and Sensibility featuring sea monsters, Internet fan fiction, or a twelve-foot statue of a wet-shirted Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy depicting a scene that doesn't even appear in her novel. But like any great art that endures and excites long after it is made, Austen's novels are inextricable from the culture they have created. Essential reading for Austen's legions of admirers, Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen collects essays from writers and critics that consider the culture surrounding Austen's novels.
When Fiction Feels Real by Elaine Auyoung
Call Number: TC Wilson Library General Collection PN3352.P7 A99 2018
Publication Date: 2018-11-21
Why do readers claim that fictional worlds feel real? How can certain literary characters seem capable of leading lives of their own, outside the stories in which they appear? What makes the experience of reading a novel uniquely pleasurable and what do readers lose when this experience comes to an end? Since their first publication, nineteenth-century realist novels like Pride and Prejudice and Anna Karenina have inspired readers to describe literary experience as gaining access to vibrant fictional worlds and becoming friends with fictional characters. While this effect continues to be central to the experience of reading realist fiction and later works in this tradition, the capacity for novels to evoke persons and places in a reader's mind has often been taken for granted and even dismissed as a naive phenomenon unworthy of critical attention. When Fiction Feels Real provides literary studies with new tools for thinking about the phenomenology of reading by bringing narrative techniques into conversation with psychological research on reading and cognition. Through close readings of classic novels by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Leo Tolstoy, and the elegies of Thomas Hardy, Elaine Auyoung reveals what nineteenth-century writers know about how reading works. Building on well-established research on the mind, Auyoung exposes the underpinnings of the seemingly impossible achievement of realist fiction, introducing new perspectives on narrative theory, mimesis, and fictionality. When Fiction Feels Real changes the way we think about literary language, realist aesthetics, and the reading process, opening up a new field of inquiry centered on the relationship between fictional representation and comprehension.
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