- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2013 edition (August 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1137034432
- ISBN-13: 978-1137034434
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,093,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Global Jane Austen: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community 2013th Edition
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Juliet Archer, independent scholar Sarah Artt, Edinburgh Napier University, UK Elise Barker, Idaho State University, USA Richard Berger, Bournemouth University, UK Edward H. Carpenter, independent scholar James P. Carson, Kenyon College, USA Sheryl Cornett, North Carolina State University, USA Serena Formica, University of Derby, UK Val Horniman, independent scholar Kenneth Longden, University of Winchester, UK Marina Cano-López, University of St Andrews, Scotland Janet McCabe, Birkbeck, University of London, UK Juliet McMaster, University of Alberta, Canada Jeremy Strong, Writtle College, UK Anette Svensson, Umeå University, Sweden Rana Tekcan, ?stanbul Bilgi University, Turkey Harish Trivedi, University of Delhi, India Lucile Trunel, French National Library, France Paul Tucker, University of the West of Scotland John Wyver, University of Westminster, UK
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Some of the most fascinating essays, at least to me, examined the appreciation of Austen in the non-English speaking world, including France, China, India, and Turkey. In France, Austen has long been regarded as only a minor author of light romances for young women. But her reputation there is based on old, inaccurate translations of her works, which miss her irony. The situation is similar in Turkey, but recent translations, and a biography, have gone a long way toward improving her reputation. Still, the translators feel a need to point out to the readers when Austen is being ironic, instead of letting the readers figure it out for themselves. An Australian teacher who taught English literature to students in China discusses how the students’ perceptions of her changed over the course of study. In another essay, a teacher and students from India discuss Mansfield Park and Emma, drawing parallels between Austen’s fiction and several Indian novels, and conditions in Indian society today.
Other essays examine continuations of Austen’s novels, both in fan fiction on the Internet and in published sequels, and two novels in which Austen is the main character. In one novel she’s a vampire, and in the other, a detective. The book ends with an interview with two authors of Austen-based fiction: one writes contemporary adaptations of Austen’s novels, and the other writes an Internet novel based on Pride and Prejudice, from Wickham’s point of view. Global Jane Austen is a treat for lovers of Jane Austen.