Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures

Author(s): Claudia L Johnson (Princeton?University, USA Princeton University Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA)

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Jane Austen completed only six novels, but enduring passion for the author and her works has driven fans to read these books repeatedly, in book clubs or solo, while also inspiring countless film adaptations, sequels, and even spoofs involving zombies and sea monsters. Austen's lasting appeal to both popular and elite audiences has lifted her to legendary status. In "Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures," Claudia L. Johnson shows how Jane Austen became "Jane Austen," a figure intensely--sometimes even wildly--venerated, and often for markedly different reasons.Johnson begins by exploring the most important monuments and portraits of Austen, considering how these artifacts point to an author who is invisible and yet whose image is inseparable from the characters and fictional worlds she created. She then passes through the four critical phases of Austen's reception--the Victorian era, the First and Second World Wars, and the establishment of the Austen House and Museum in 1949--and ponders what the adoration of Austen has meant to readers over the past two centuries. For her fans, the very concept of "Jane Austen" encapsulates powerful ideas and feelings about history, class, manners, intimacy, language, and the everyday. By respecting the intelligence of past commentary about Austen, Johnson shows, we are able to revisit her work and unearth fresh insights and new critical possibilities. An insightful look at how and why readers have cherished one of our most beloved authors, "Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures "will be a valuable addition to the library of any fan of the divine Jane.

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"Johnson does more than trace out Austen's legacy and rethink the way critics and fans alike have tried to hold on to this elusive writer--she displays the wealth of the novels themselves in new, surprising, and always intelligent ways. Packed with the fruits of Johnson's brilliant work in the archive, this book also creates a compelling narrative from the accounts of readers, worshippers, and critics alike, and fashions a very delicate path between the adoring and the critical. A monumental work by perhaps the premier scholar of Austen's work and legacy."--Mary Favret, Indiana University

Claudia L. Johnson is the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University. She is the author or editor of several books, including "Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel" and "Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender, and Sentimentality in the 1790s," both published by the University of Chicago Press.

General Fields

  • : 9780226155036
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : March 2014
  • : 229mm X 152mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2014
  • : books

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  • : Claudia L Johnson (Princeton?University, USA Princeton University Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA Princeton?University, USA)
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 823.7
  • : 240