Among the Janeites

Among the Janeites

A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom

Book - 2013
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For anyone who has ever loved a Jane Austen novel, a warm and witty look at the passionate, thriving world of Austen fandom

They walk among us in their bonnets and Empire-waist gowns, clutching their souvenir tote bags and battered paperbacks: the Janeites, Jane Austen's legion of devoted fans. Who are these obsessed admirers, whose passion has transformed Austen from classic novelist to pop-culture phenomenon? Deborah Yaffe, journalist and Janeite, sets out to answer this question, exploring the remarkable endurance of Austen's stories, the unusual zeal that their author inspires, and the striking cross-section of lives she has touched.

Along the way, Yaffe meets a Florida lawyer with a byzantine theory about hidden subtexts in the novels, a writer of Austen fan fiction who found her own Mr. Darcy while reimagining Pride and Prejudice , and a lit professor whose roller-derby nom de skate is Stone Cold Jane Austen. Yaffe goes where Janeites gather, joining a pilgrimage to historic sites in Britain, chatting online with fellow fans, and attending the annual ball of the Jane Austen Society of North America--in period costume. Part chronicle of a vibrant literary community, part memoir of a lifelong love, Among the Janeites is a funny, touching meditation on the nature of fandom.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2013.
ISBN: 9780547757735
0547757735
Branch Call Number: 823.7 AUSTEN
Characteristics: xxvi, 245 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jan 08, 2014

If you’re looking for a history of the Jane Austen industrial complex and fandom, then this is a good book. It’s chatty, lively journalism from an insider. However, the author admits that she doesn’t have any particular insights into the craze, other than the sight of BBC Colin Firth’s wet shirt. so if you’re looking for deeper conclusions you may be disappointed, as I was.

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