Counterpoise

Devoney Looser
The latest from writer-professor Devoney Looser on history's strong women, from Jane Austen to roller derby.
Created 17 Apr 2021
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  • The Latest from Devoney, Back to School Edition
    21 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 9 4
    Dear Jane-Friends, How are you holding up? All you fellow educators, and anyone who has kids in school, must be with me on this. This is the most bizarre “back-to-school” moment I’ve ever experienced,...
  • Jane in the Headlines
    15 May 2021 • 4 min read • 4 1
    Dear Jane-Friends: I can’t think of the month of May without imagining a line from Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel, a brilliant children’s book that was a favorite of my husband’s, and so b...
  • Counterpoise
    24 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Dear Jane-friends: Hope April has been good to you. Today’s quote in The Daily Jane Austen is one of my favorites—when Caroline Bingley declares there is no enjoyment like reading, in between her ridi...
  • The latest on history's strong women, from Jane Austen to roller derby.
    17 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to Counterpoise by me, Devoney Looser. Hi, I'm Devoney, Regents Prof. at Arizona State University. I write, read, teach, and shout out about history's strong women. I also go by Stone Cold Jan...
  • The Latest News from Devoney (February 14, 2021)
    14 Feb 2021 • 4 min read
    Dear Jane-Friends: Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are somehow muddling through, finding strength and hope. I trust that your parents, and all of your sisters, are in good health, as Colin Firth's v...
  • Latest News from Devoney (Austen birthday week edition)
    15 Dec 2020 • 4 min read
    Dear Jane-friends: As most of you know, December 16th is Austen's 245th birthday. It's just five years until her 250th birthday--or Sestercentennial or Quarter Millennial--which will be the last miles...
  • The Latest News from Devoney (November 2020)
    02 Nov 2020 • 5 min read
    Dear Jane-Friends: It was great to see some of you at the JASNA AGM a few weeks ago. I got a chance to hold up some books by one of the keynoters and a favorite scholar, Juliet McMaster. The best kind...
  • The Latest News from Devoney (October 2020)
    03 Oct 2020 • 4 min read
    Dear Jane-Friends, Each time I write you, I think, "Maybe next time we're in touch, it will feel a little less cataclysmic?" So far, not so! At least Jane Austen has lots of quotes to amuse and consol...
  • The Latest News from Devoney (August 2020)
    12 Aug 2020 • 3 min read
    Dear Jane-friends, derby-friends, book-friends, and (I hope) *healthy* friends, Has it been a few months or what? I'd be lying if I told you I felt like myself or even looked like myself most days. If...
  • The Latest from Devoney: Heads Up! Chawton House Lockdown Literary Festival This Weekend (5/15/-5/17)
    15 May 2020 • 3 min read
    Dear Jane-Friends: I hope this finds you safe and healthy, with every promise of continuing so. I'm writing today, quickly, because I want to make sure you've heard about this weekend's upcoming, free...
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