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This collection of essays focuses on the ways in which the life and work of Jane Austen is being re-framed and re-imagined in 20th and 21st-century literature and culture. Tracing the connections between the construction of a Modernist Jane Austen in the early 20th century and feminist and post-feminist appropriations of her texts in the later 20th century, the essays in this volume also examine the ways in which Austen has more recently emerged as a complex point of reference on the global stage, her novels being adapted in settings ranging from Amritsar to California, her name being invoked in political discourse on internet sites and in the printed press as shorthand for English or more broadly Western liberal cultural values. The volume is distinctive in its international scope, and in its focus on Austen as a dynamic cultural signifier. Together, the essays explore the richness and complexity of the cultural encounters generated through re-inscriptions of an imagined 'Jane Austen', and ask what they can tell us about contemporary desires for cultural authority and authenticity.


Description

This collection of essays focuses on the ways in which the life and work of Jane Austen is being re-framed and re-imagined in 20th and 21st-century literature and culture. Tracing the connections between the construction of a Modernist Jane Austen in the early 20th century and feminist and post-feminist appropriations of her texts in the later 20th century, the essays in this volume also examine the ways in which Austen has more recently emerged as a complex point of reference on the global stage, her novels being adapted in settings ranging from Amritsar to California, her name being invoked in political discourse on internet sites and in the printed press as shorthand for English or more broadly Western liberal cultural values. The volume is distinctive in its international scope, and in its focus on Austen as a dynamic cultural signifier. Together, the essays explore the richness and complexity of the cultural encounters generated through re-inscriptions of an imagined 'Jane Austen', and ask what they can tell us about contemporary desires for cultural authority and authenticity.


Reviews

'This collection makes a lively contribution to one of the hot topics in contemporary Austen Studies – our persistent and multi-faceted refiguring of Jane Austen's reputation, her writings, and her afterlives. These stimulating essays chart the likely and unlikely uses of Jane Austen: her Modernist construction in the early twentieth century, her importance in times of war, her feminist and post-feminist fashioning, her academic and popular appeal, and her recent emergence on the global stage. They celebrate Austen's many transformations: in biography, film, blog, sequels, and literary tourism.' - Kathryn Sutherland, Professorial Fellow in English, Oxford University, UK


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; G.Dow & C.Hanson
'A genius for foretelling': Augustan Austen and Future Fiction; D.Lynch
'England's Jane': The Legacy of Jane Austen in the Fiction of Barbara Pym, Dodie Smith and Elizabeth Taylor; M.Joannou
'The Future of Pemberley': Emma Tennant, the 'Classic Progression' and Literary Trespassing; R.Munfort
New Theoretical Approaches to Austen in Contemporary Popular Culture; J.Wells
Becoming Jane: The Life of Jane Austen in Contemporary Biography and Film; J.North
Letters to Jane: Austen, the Letter, and Twentieth-century Women's Writing; W.May
At Home with Jane: Placing Austen in Contemporary Culture; F.James
Uses of Translation: The Global Jane Austen; G.Dow
The Imperial Economy of Chadha's Bride and Prejudice; S.Jones
'Bin Laden a Huge Jane Austen Fan': Jane Austen in Contemporary Political Discourse; M.A.O'Farrell
'What Would Jane Do?' Postfeminist Media Uses of Austen and the Woman Reader; S.Cobb
Bibliography
Index


Authors

GILLIAN DOW is Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton, UK, and Director of Research at Chawton House Library. She has published on French and British women's writing of the Romantic period, on translation, on the reception of foreign literature in Britain, and on the cross-channel rise of the novel in the long eighteenth century.
CLARE HANSON is Professor of English at the University of Southampton, UK. She has published extensively on twentieth century women's writing, is a founding member of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association and co-editor of the journal Contemporary Women's Writing. Her most recent books are A Cultural History of Pregnancy (2004) and Eugenics, Literature and Culture in Post-war Britain (2012).