Devoney Looser, Caitlin Kelly, and Melinda O'Connell

Devoney Looser, Professor of English at Arizona State University, is the author or editor of six books on literature by women. She's also published essays in The Atlantic, The TLS, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her book, The Making of Jane Austen, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins UP in June '17. She tweets from @DevoneyLooser and @Making_Jane. Caitlin Kelly is currently a Full-Time Lecturer in the Department of English at Case Western Reserve University. Her work focuses on the British novel over the Long Eighteenth Century, particularly questions of genre, religion, and gender. Melinda O'Connell received her BA in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Texas, where she works as a content specialist for an insurance company.

Editing Jane West: A Conversation with the Editors of A Gossip’s Story (1796)

A Gossip's Story by Jane West

The three of us (Devoney Looser, Caitlin Kelly, and Melinda O’Connell) worked together to co-edit Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story, and A Legendary Tale (1796), a novel that has been described as a starting point, if not the inspiration, for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811). West’s novel, like Austen’s, centers on two sisters, one…