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Rebecca Vaughn brings to life 14 of Jane Austen’s characters over the space of an hour. Dyad Productions

Review: Jane Austen’s women have been done a disservice

Fourteen of Jane Austen's female characters – witty or ridiculous, selfish or avaricious – are presented in the astonishing show, Austen's Women. But her graver, more nuanced creations and stern but comic moralism fail to materialise.
Jane Eyre has been retold over and over again, but remains eternally relevant. Jane Eyre (2011), Focus Features

Why Charlotte Brontë still speaks to us – 200 years after her birth

Charlotte Brontë's heroines - most famously Jane Eyre - struggle with psychologically complex questions. And unlike Jane Austen's female protagonists, they prize self knowledge and self expression over conventional moralism.
Let’s critique the literary canon, but we shouldn’t throw the Brontës out with the bathwater. The Brontë Sisters, by Patrick Branwell Brontë, circa 1834.

Friday essay: the literary canon is exhilarating and disturbing and we need to read it

Like it or not, the literary canon is part of the cultural capital of the West. Universities that choose not to teach it – or refuse to critically engage with it – are actually disempowering students.
At the time of publication, Emma’s longevity was far from guaranteed. The Shopping Sherpa

Friday essay: Jane Austen’s Emma at 200

At the time of publication, the longevity of Jane Austen's fifth novel Emma was far from guaranteed. And yet, 200 years later, it now seems immortal. This is the story of its remarkable life.
The definition of ‘literature’ is changeable, and inextricably linked with fashion. Pratchett image: EPA/Alessandro Della Bella. Austen image: Wikimedia Commons

Terry Pratchett, Jane Austen, and the definition of literature

Pratchett’s work is often classified as 'genre fiction' rather than literary fiction. Yet his relationship with genre is complex and adversarial. He sets genre stereotypes up to be deconstructed.
In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author. glassghost

What do we love when we love books by dead authors?

The reader who loves literature of the past seeks to forge intimate connections with those who are no longer alive. In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
Austen periodically runs afoul of a particular kind of cultural hypocrisy. jamelah e.

Jane Austen is facing death by popularity … and men

Once pivotal to the English canon, Jane Austen has been adapted and readapted for Hollywood and Bollywood – and that kind of popularity comes at a cost.

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