The Austen Connection

Plain Jane - Janet Saidi
How Jane Austen's stories connect to us today, and connect us to each other.
Created 30 May 2021
  • The Podcast S2: Comedy, Romance, Pleasure, Pain - Adapting Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’
    19 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    Dear Jane friends, It’s Tuesday, and not our usual Thursday, because we have something special for you: Today, we are kicking off a second season of the podcast! We have some amazing conversations lin...
  • Mousy, Monstrous Fanny Price
    14 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 6 2
    Hello friends, Hope your world is beautiful right now - and that you have the energy and curiosity to walk with us again into the depths and corridors of the stately and sinister Mansfield Park. Thank...
  • Mansfield Park, Horror Show
    07 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 2 6
    Hello dear friends, Happy October! I hope wherever you are, you are happening upon some fall leaves, some pumpkin patches, and maybe some spicy lattes in your life. Here at the Austen Connection, Octo...
  • Everything Emma, and Horrors to Come
    30 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Hey friends, This month has been Everything Emma - and we’ve explored the hidden implications in the story of Jane Fairfax, the delectable images and sounds of the 2020 Emma film, the demeanors and de...
  • The Podcast - Episode 7: Jane Austen will teach you, challenge you, and rescue you
    24 Sep 2021 • 22 min read • 3 0
    Hello friends, Today, a podcast episode! It would not have been possible to have our Everything Emma month here at the Austen Connection without consulting Professor George Justice. Dr. Justice is the...
  • All the Knightleys
    16 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 5 0
    Dear friends, Let’s talk about Knightley. The first thing we could say about this most elusive and imposing of Austen’s romantic heroes is that he is, like many of the characters in Austen, one extrem...
  • Jane Fairfax Drops the Mic
    09 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 3 2
    Hello friends, I hope wherever you are you are enjoying sunshine, peace, and the lengthening shadows and softening lights of autumn. My week has involved stomping between classrooms, newsrooms, and co...
  • The Edible, Audible Emma
    02 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 3 0
    Hello dear readers, It’s September, and whatever is going on in your life right now - and for many of us it’s not all that great, let’s face it - here at the Austen Connection September is Everything ...
  • Looking back, looking forward, keeping it together
    26 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Hello, friends, It’s been a week. It’s back-to-school time, pandemic time, and for many of us it’s heat wave, or hurricane, flooding, and many other challenges - choose your adventure. While it’s grea...
  • Claire Tomalin: Reflections on Jane Austen's Life
    19 Aug 2021 • 19 min read • 2 0
    Hello dear friends, As the author of an absolutely gorgeous biography of Jane Austen, writer Claire Tomalin is someone many of us already feel close to. She’s taken us with her - via her vivid, erudit...
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