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Janeites : Austen's disciples and devotees
Lynch, Deidre.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2000]

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233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: sharing with our neighbors / Deidre Lynch -- The divine Miss Jane: Jane Austen, Janeites, and the discipline of novel studies / Claudia L. Johnson -- Jane Austen's friendship / Mary Ann O'Farrell -- Sensibility by the numbers: Austen's work as regency popular fiction / Barbara M. Benedict -- Austen's earliest readers and the rise of the Janeites / William Galperin -- Decadent Austen entails: Forster, James, Firbank, and the "queer taste" of Sanditon (comp. 1817, publ. 1925) / Clara Tuite -- The virago Jane Austen / Katie Trumpener -- Free and happy: Jane Austen in America / Mary A. Favret -- In face of all the servants: spectators and spies in Austen / Roger Sales -- Jane Austen and Edward Said: gender, culture, and imperialism / Susan Fraiman.
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Over the last decade, as Jane Austen has moved center-stage in our culture, onto best-seller lists and into movie houses, another figure has slipped into the spotlight alongside her. This is the "Janeite," the zealous reader and fan whose devotion to the novels has been frequently invoked and often derided by the critical establishment. Jane Austen has long been considered part of a great literary tradition, even legitimizing the academic study of novels. However, the Janeite phenomenon has not until now aroused the curiosity of scholars interested in the politics of culture. Rather than lament the fact that Austen today shares the headlines with her readers, the contributors to this collection inquire into why this is the case, ask what Janeites do, and explore the myriad appropriations of Austen--adaptations, reviews, rewritings, and appreciations--that have been produced since her lifetime.

The articles move from the nineteenth-century lending library to the modern cineplex and discuss how novelists as diverse as Cooper, Woolf, James, and Kipling have claimed or repudiated their Austenian inheritance. As case studies in reception history, they pose new questions of long-loved novels--as well as new questions about Austen's relation to Englishness, about the boundaries between elite and popular cultures and amateur and professional readerships, and about the cultural work performed by the realist novel and the marriage plot.

The contributors are Barbara M. Benedict, Mary A. Favret, Susan Fraiman, William Galperin, Claudia L. Johnson, Deidre Lynch, Mary Ann O'Farrell, Roger Sales, Katie Trumpener, and Clara Tuite.

Author Notes

Deidre Lynch is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the author of The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning and the coeditor, with William B. Warner, of Cultural Institutions of the Novel.

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Choice Review

Lynch (SUNY, Buffalo) is interested in exploring what can be demonstrated to constitute a "Janeite." The contributors to this collection, Janeites all, have written with much scholarly dedication and good humor, and like-minded devotees of Austen will enjoy reading these nine original essays. The contributors develop a broad range of sometimes contradictory interpretations and definitions in Austen-centered studies. The first essay surveys recent reevaluations of Austen against her historical-critical heritage; the next examines the critical and popular fascination with Austen herself, the notion of "Jane-Austen-our-friend." Other contributions consider the popularity of Austen's fiction in the novel-reading context of her own time; 20th-century views of Sanditon; the impact of the Virago edition of Austen's works; Austen's reception in the US; motifs of spectators and spies; and questions about gender and imperialism. Accessible, well documented, carefully written, generally argot-free, and convincing, these interpretations and historical studies are backed up by a sound index. Highly recommended for academic libraries at all levels; indispensable for institutions that offer an Austen seminar and public libraries with academically oriented patrons. T. Loe; SUNY College at Oswego