With warmth and humor, lifelong Janeite Deborah Yaffe opens the door on the quirky, thriving subculture of Jane Austen fandom.
For anyone who has ever loved a Jane Austen novel, a warm and witty look at the passionate, thriving world of Austen fandom
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More than 15 years ago, a spate of filmed adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels – most famously, the BBC’s “wet shirt” Pride and Prejudice, which featured Colin Firth as a sexy, smoldering Mr. Darcy – transformed Austen from the author of hoary 19th-century classics into a contemporary... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
More than 15 years ago, a spate of filmed adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels – most famously, the BBC’s “wet shirt” Pride and Prejudice, which featured Colin Firth as a sexy, smoldering Mr. Darcy – transformed Austen from the author of hoary 19th-century classics into a contemporary celebrity. Today, she’s everywhere. You can pack a bonnet and an Empire-line gown for Jane Austen festivals from Kentucky to Australia. You can argue about Elizabeth Bennet’s love life with the denizens of on-line Austen communities. You can buy Austen-themed tea towels, tote bags, and tarot cards. And you can read dozens of sequels to Pride and Prejudice, many featuring a sexy, smoldering Mr. Darcy.
Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom is an affectionate and entertaining nonfiction look at this quirky subculture, written by an author, Deborah Yaffe, who is both an experienced journalist and a lifelong Janeite. Brought to life in these pages are ordinary people who just happen to be crazy about Jane Austen – among them, a Canadian speech pathologist who thinks Austen wrote about autism, a Florida lawyer who is pursuing a byzantine theory about hidden subtexts in the novels, a Texan with a closetful of Regency gowns, and a writer of Jane Austen fan fiction who found her own Mr. Darcy while reimagining Pride and Prejudice. Part memoir, part journalism, Among the Janeites is a book for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with literature.
Introduction: The Tarot of Jane Austen
Part I: In Jane Austen’s Footsteps
Chapter 1: Dressing the Part
Chapter 2: Walking Where Jane Walked
Chapter 3: Sandy’s Pemberley
Part II: Rereading, Rewriting
Chapter 4: Writing Mr. Darcy
Chapter 5: The Knowledge Business
Chapter 6: The Jane Austen Code
Chapter 7: Austen Therapy
Part III: The Company of Clever, Well-Informed People
Chapter 8: Talking Jane
Chapter 9: Jane.net
Chapter 10: The Tribe
Appendix: The Novels of Jane Austen
A Note on Sources