Tag: Jane Austen

Sitting with Jane and Her Forgotten Peers

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In the summer of 2017, a handful of towns in England celebrated the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death by hosting a project called Sitting with Jane.[1] Sitting with Jane is an art trail featuring twenty-four Austen-themed book-shaped benches in public spaces. While most of the benches are located in the Basingstoke area—the project’s home base—a…

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…

Unbecoming Jane Austen: Review of Austen’s Pride: A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice, Directed by Igor Goldin

Lindsie VanWinkle as Jane Austen (photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr./broadwayworld.com)

Location: Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY Event Date: July 13 – July 24, 2016 Review Date: July 21 and July 22, 2016 To the possible surprise of many readers, dramatic adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels have a long history, dating back to the 1890s and proliferating throughout the twentieth-century.…

Gossip & Garrulity, Privacy & Privation: Review of Sense & Sensibility, Directed by Eric Tucker


Location: Bedlam/The Gym at Judson, New York, NY Event Date: January 17-April 17, 2016 (extended again from June 17-Oct 2) Review Date: March 6, 2016 In the Bedlam production of Sense & Sensibility, everything is constantly in motion—actors, set pieces, and props—with bodies, tables and chairs, windowed trellises, and even the costumes themselves on occasion…

Build Your Vocabulary with Huggable 18th-Century Favorites

Image via Cozy Classics

What are men to wool and needles? Brothers Jack and Holman Wang, the creative minds behind the Google Doodle for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 148th birthday, are making eighteenth-century classics more huggable with their unique needle-felted adaptations. Their celebrated board book series, Cozy Classics, embraces well-loved titles like Emma, Les Misérables, and Jane Eyre as inspiration…

Exhibition at the Folger: Will & Jane (6 Aug. 2016-6 Nov. 2016)

Jane Austen (1873)
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Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

On 6 August 2016, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity opens at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Austen scholar Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin) and theatre historian Kristina Straub (Carnegie Mellon University) are co-curating the exhibition. Barchas and Straub examine the parallel two-hundred-year cycles of celebrity of literary giants William…

Travel Back in Time with Jane Austen

British Institution, Pall Mall, 1808 (1808)
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)
Wikimedia Commons

The What Jane Saw website boasts a new look and, soon, an eighteenth-century expansion. This experiment in digital humanities, created by Austen scholar Janine Barchas, currently features a virtual tour of the first-ever retrospective exhibition of celebrated portrait painter Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), as seen by Jane Austen in 1813 at the British Institution at 52 Pall Mall, London (1805-1867). Barchas and her…