Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen
Distributed for Intellect Ltd
It was not until her nephew published a memoir of his “dear Aunt Jane” more than five decades after her death that she became widely known. From then on, her fame only grew, and fans and devotees, so-called Janeites, soon obsessed over and idolized her. Austen soon found an appreciative audience not only of readers but also of academics, whose scholarship legitimated and secured her place in the canon of Western literature. Today, Austen’s work is still assigned in courses, obsessed over by readers young and old, parodied and parroted, and adapted for films.
Were she alive today, Austen might not recognize some of the work her novels have inspired, such as a retelling of Sense and Sensibility featuring sea monsters, Internet fan fiction, or a twelve-foot statue of a wet-shirted Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy depicting a scene that doesn’t even appear in her novel. But like any great art that endures and excites long after it is made, Austen’s novels are inextricable from the culture they have created. Essential reading for Austen’s legions of admirers, Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen collects essays from writers and critics that consider the culture surrounding Austen’s novels.
Chapter 1: In the Regency Alternate Universe: Jane Austen and Fanfiction Culture
Chapter 2: Jane Austen Monster Mash-ups and Supernatural Spin-offs
Chapter 3: Fan Media and Transmedia: Jane Austen in the Digital Age
Chapter 4: A Grand Tour of Pemberley
Chapter 5: Darcymania
Chapter 6: Shall I Be Stared at Like a Wild Beast in a Zoo? Images of Austen in Becoming Jane and Miss Austen Regrets
Chapter 7: Who am I?: Relationships between Reader and Heroine Explored through the Popular 'Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?' Quizzes
Chapter 8: Crafting Jane Austen: Handmade Homages and Their Makers
Chapter 9: Puzzling Lace: Piecing Together Jane Austen Gifts
Chapter 10: Between Tradition and Innovation: Celebrating Jane Austen in Italy Today
Chapter 11: 'She's Everywhere': Jane Austen in the Blogosphere
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