We heard from Jeanne Kiefer, Janeite and professional survey research consultant, who has put together a survey to get a statistical picture of the modern Janeite. She will present the findings at a breakout session at the JASNA AGM in Chicago this October.
My goal is to develop a fully rounded profile of current Jane Austen enthusiasts, so I’m eager to hear from as many Janeites as possible. Findings will be presented at the JASNA annual meeting (session title: Anatomy of a Janeite). What do Janeites really think about Jane, her works, her characters? Do they all fit the popular stereotype (tea-drinking librarians)?
The qualifications for taking the survey are having read the six novels and self-identifying as a Jane Austen fan. We took the survey, and there is no personally identifying information collected; one can, voluntarily, leave one’s e-mail address to participate in a further, more detailed survey. We would like to encourage all of our Gentle Readers who fit the criteria to take the survey.
As the Editrix is a frustrated sociologist, she is looking forward to the results. Though we always stress that the Janeite diaspora is not homogenous, such a survey will not only show a portrait of the “average” Janeite (if there is such a thing–we are thinking it will be more of a median/mean of Janeites) but also will display the wonderful diversity of our little world. We hope to be able to publish at least a link to the results here on the blog eventually.