Awkward

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Ouch. This is an ugly one. Well-known Jane Austen scholar Kathryn Sutherland has accused biographer Claire Harman, author of the upcoming Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World (Laurel Ann previewed it on Austenprose), of copying ideas from Professor Sutherland’s more scholarly take on a similar subject, Jane Austen’s Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to…

Getting Local With Jane: Festivals Edition

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Spring is upon us, and many groups are planning Jane Austen festivals and special events. Check these out–one may be in your own neighborhood. And do remember to send in your local Jane Austen events! The Jane Austen Festival starts today, April 17, in Canberra, and goes through Sunday, April 20. The event includes reticule…

Friday Bookblogging: Life with the Wickhams Edition

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It is always amusing when one’s life turns into a Jane Austen novel. Currently we have the distinct pleasure of having Mr. and Mrs. George Wickham as upstairs neighbors. This is especially edifying and entertaining because the fabulous high-tech AustenBlog World Headquarters is contained within a rather old structure and we can hear all of…

Theorybuzz

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We heard from Tim Bullamore, publisher of Jane Austen’s Regency World, who sent along a link to an article in today’s Times, claiming a new theory about the disease that caused Jane Austen’s untimely death. (Fair Warning: the article has a Truth Universally Acknowledged opening) For more than 40 years Jane Austen’s death in 1817…

That would be "Janeites"

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Alert Janeite Lisa sent us a blog entry from NBC reporter Lisa Daniels, who did a report on the Rice Portrait auction this morning on the Today Weekend show, in which Ms. Daniels claims to be a big Jane Austen fan. We wonder why she has never heard the term “Janeite” then? And we were…

Everyone's a critic

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The Guardian has not one but two articles about books about Jane Austen. The first, a collection of essays by Adam Phillips in which he combines psychoanalysis with literary study, is found lacking by the reviewer. When Phillips examines literature head on he is similarly prone to oscillate between the obvious and the vague. I…