Jane Austen 200

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Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen

2017 commemorates 200 years since the death of Jane Austen. To mark this anniversary, Palgrave Macmillan has brought together a bespoke collection of scholarly research, celebrating the insurmountable impact made across two centuries by one of the greatest authors of all time.

Do you know you Darcys from your Dashwoods and your Bingleys from your Bertrams? We invite you to test your knowledge of Austen in our celebratory quiz.

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Free Chapters

We are pleased to announce that a chapter from each of the following four books will be free to read until 13th August 2017. Simply click on the covers to access.

AUTHOR PIECE: 'And 200 Years Later' by Marina Cano

Marina Cano, author of Jane Austen and Performance, discusses how Austen's legacy lives in many different shapes and forms. Read more here.

Jane Austen and Performance is the first exploration of the performative and theatrical force of Austen’s work and its afterlife, from the nineteenth century to the present. It unearths new and little-known Austen materials: from suffragette novels and pageants to school and amateur theatricals, passing through mid-twentieth-century representations in Scotland and America. The book concludes with an examination of Austen fandom based on an online survey conducted by the author, which elicited over 300 responses from fans across the globe. 

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COMING SOON: Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine

Cheryl Wilson

This book uses the figure of the Victorian heroine as a lens through which to examine Jane Austen’s presence in Victorian critical and popular writings.  Aimed at Victorianist readers and scholars, the book focuses on the ways in which Austen was constructed in fiction, criticism, and biography over the course of the nineteenth century.  For the Victorians, Austen became a kind of cultural shorthand, representing a distant, yet not too-distant, historical past that the Victorians both drew on and defined themselves against with regard to such topics as gender, literature, and national identity.  Austen influenced the development of the Victorian literary heroine, and when cast as a heroine herself, was deployed in debates about the responsibilities of the novelist and the ability of fiction to shape social and cultural norms. Thus, the study is as much, if not more, about the Victorians than it is about Jane Austen.  

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Jane Austen Poll – Battle of the Books

You had your say in our first round of Twitter polls on @PalgraveLit and now it's time to vote for your favourite in the final. Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion made it through - most popular wins!