Performing Jane: A Cultural History of Jane Austen Fandom.
A sophisticated examination of Jane Austen fans that demonstrates the commonality between today's Janeites and those who loved Austen before the word "fan" was invented. Looks at three areas of engagement: collecting material; creating and consuming imitative works; and making pilgrimages to Steventon, Hampshire, Chawton, and meetings of Jane Austen societies (follow the author as she experiences a JASNA AGM!). Why do readers engage with literature? Austen offers a unique opportunity for study as her works bridge literary and popular culture. LSU Press, Baton Rouge. 2020. Hb, Dj. NEW. $42.00