Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Emilie François in Ang Lee’s film of Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Published anonymously in 1811, the first of Jane Austen's novels throws light on life under COVID-19. It is the perfect lockdown read.
Clueless turns 25 this year. The film, a loose adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, is a cult classic that has spawned books, a TV series, a musical and countless fashion tributes.
Emma up front and center in new adaptation of classic novel.
Through careful framing and dialogue, Autumn de Wilde's movie portrays Emma as the embodiment of perfection, rather than less-than-faultless heroine of Austen's book.
Jane Austen based on a portrait by her sister Cassandra.
When her contemporaries were engaging with European themes in their novels, Austen remained rooted in her home country.
Behind the rose-coloured tales of well-matched couples falling deeply in love, Austen’s novels vigorously critique the patriarchal structures of her day.
Though she created her stories more than 200 years ago, Jane Austen's novels were forerunners of feminism.
Years before anyone conceived celebrity, the Scottish bard may have been the first to turn himself into a brand.
The Times columnist's self-serving critique of one of the greats of English literature says more about his ignorance than anything else.
It’s the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s novel, “Persuasion.” This illustration by artist Liz Monahan depicts Captain Wentworth writing his love letter to Anne.
Prof. Robert Morrison edited Jane Austen's "Persuasion" for Harvard University Press. On the classic's 200th anniversary, he explains how Austen's rhythmic words on loss, love and hope still resonate.
Jane Austen on the new £10 note.
Jane Austen is on the Bank of England's new £10 note. About time, too.
The novelist's life was marked by the financial industry ... and not always for the best.
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Two women writers died in July 1817. One was Jane Austen. The other was much more famous.
Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (2012): the archtypal fictional spinster.
Grotesques, prattlers, hysterical women ... historically, spinsters have had a raw deal in fiction. But astonishingly, the situation for older single ladies in contemporary novels has scarcely improved.
Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility: a competent moral agent drawing only on her intelligence and experience.
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This year is the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death and her celebrity continues to grow. But relegating Austen's work to plots about 'whether the heroine gets her man' belittles her achievement.
How did jogging go from a Victorian gentleman's pastime to the most popular form of exercise on the planet?
Rebecca Vaughn brings to life 14 of Jane Austen’s characters over the space of an hour.
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
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.
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.
Amnesia won't help us much in the event of an apocalypse.
At the time of publication, Emma’s longevity was far from guaranteed.
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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
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.