The making of Jane Austen

Devoney Looser, 1967-

Book - 2017

"Returning author Devoney Looser has written a study of Jane Austen's legacy in high and popular culture, looking at stage and film adaptations of her work, how Austen has been taught in classrooms, Austen's depiction in visual culture, and Austen's role in the women's suffragist movement. Looser draws on popular print and unpublished archival sources, amassing evidence from high, middlebrow, and popular culture, in order to craft a more capacious history of posthumous r...eception. The book is a detailed and revealing account of what Looser calls the "public dimension" of Jane Austen, who is a "manufactured creation." Looser has dug deep and come up with brand-new material on Austen, something that is very hard to do. This is the kind of material that Janeites and Austen scholars live for"--

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Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press 2017.
Physical Description
viii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-282) and index.
Main Author
Devoney Looser, 1967- (author)
  • Introduction : Jane Austen matters
  • Part I. Jane Austen, illustrated. Austen's first English illustrator : Ferdinand Pickering's Victorian sensationalism
  • Visual Austen experiments : from lush landscapes to bearded heroes
  • A golden age for illustrated Austen : from peacocks to photoplays
  • Part II. Jane Austen, dramatized. Austen's first dramatist : Rosina Filippi's Duologues for every cultivated amateur
  • Playing Mr. Darcy before Laurence Olivier : cross dressing, consuming passion, and cracking the whip
  • Dear Jane : Christian spinster, feminist flirt, and shadow actress
  • Stage to screen Pride and prejudice : Hollywood's Austen and its unrealized screenplays
  • Part III. Jane Austen, politicized. The night of the divine Jane : men's club clashes and politics in the periodical press
  • Stone-throwing Jane Austen : suffragist street activism, grand pageants, and costume parties
  • Part IV. Jane Austen, schooled. The first Jane Austen dissertation : George Pellew and the human telephone
  • Textbook Austens : from McGuffey's readers to National lampoon
  • Coda : twenty-first-century Jane Austen.