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The Eighteenth Century in Popular Culture

A Personal Score: Jane Austen’s Place in Quiz Culture

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Jane Austen quizzes have invaded the internet. Countless websites and blogs now advertise Austen quizzes that can provide a score for the participants’ Austen knowledge (“So you think you know Jane Austen?”) or even match specific personality traits of participants to one of Austen’s famous heroines (“Which Jane Austen Heroine…

Review of Jane Austen’s World (

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In a recent quest to find out more about Jane Austen, I stumbled upon a wonderfully informative blog called Jane Austen’s World created by Vic Sanborn, a self-described lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Sanborn’s site captivated my attention for hours through her informative posts about…

Review: Outlander Episode 3

Review: Outlander Episode 3

Episode three, “The Way Out,” of the TV adaptation of Outlander continues Claire Randall’s (Caitriona Balfe) foray into the eighteenth-century experience, but raises the stakes considerably as she challenges the local judicial system and priest with her modern ideas of punishment and health. Humour is conspicuously absent from episode three…

Public and Digital Pedagogy

To make maccarons of valentia Almonds: a guest post by Cooking in the Archives collaborators Marissa Nicosia and Alyssa Connell


ABOPublic is excited to welcome Marissa Nicosia and Alyssa Connell of Cooking in the Archives, who’ve prepared a special holiday joint post for our readers. You can also see the recipe here along with all of their other updated early modern recipes. Be sure to check out their site! What do ladies bake? Ladies bake macaroons,…

Orlando: An Indispensable, Born-Digital Resource

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The Orlando Project was born from The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present (1990) compiled by Virginia Blain, Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy. That major reference book, covering writers in English from every national tradition, contains the fruits of a great deal of original research. But…