Jane's Fame

Jane's Fame

How Jane Austen Conquered the World

Book - 2010
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In Jane's Fame, Claire Harman gives us the complete biography--of both the author and her lasting cultural influence--making this essential reading for anyone interested in Austen's life, works, and remarkably potent fame.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Henry Holt and Co.,, 2010.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780805082586
Branch Call Number: 823.7 A933H
Characteristics: xxi, 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm


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Oct 08, 2018

Jane's Fame is a fun, whirlwind tour of the rise of "Jane Austen" from barely acknowledged writer in her own lifetime to the promiscuous use of her texts for vastly different reasons in ours. Why do so many people love Jane Austen? Claire Harman will tell you. I particularly appreciated the historical tracing of Austen-attitudes through the nineteenth century.

Mar 29, 2011

Even if you?ve never read any of Austen?s books, you?re familiar with their titles and plots. Note the success of the BBC?s TV miniseries starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, or the chick lit bestseller Bridget Jones?s Diary (a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, complete with its own Mr. Darcy), or the Hollywood movie Clueless (a modern retelling of Emma), or the recent book mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today, Jane is everywhere, and author Claire Harmon shows us how she got there. This is a biography not of Jane?s life but of her fame?her quiet life followed by a few brief decades where no one knew her name, and then a century-long revival that has yet to end. Harman shows us Jane as a feminist and as an anti-feminist, Jane as a prickly old maid and Jane as a token for ?girl power,? Jane as a Hollywood heroine and as a Bollywood starlet. We meet Jane?s detractors (Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain) and Jane?s fans (Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf). We figure out our own personal reasons for loving Jane. However she is viewed and analyzed and adapted, one thing becomes very clear in this fascinating exploration?Jane Austen is here to stay.

ser_library Sep 09, 2010

historical study of attitudes to Jane Austen--critical, adulatory, familial

Of itnerest was the section on WWI


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