Monday, December 6, 2010

There's just something about Jane

If you visit our offices in Geddes Hall, then you are likely to find that the question "Who is your favorite Jane Austen heroine?" is frequently fodder for small talk around the Center. Today's Wall Street Journal addresses the trans-generational popularity of our literary heroine:

"The appeal? Ms. Austen's tales of courtship and manners resonate with dating-obsessed and social-media-savvy 21st-century youths, says Nili Olay, regional coordinator for the New York Metro chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, or JASNA.....Jennifer Potter, 24, a member of JASNA's New York chapter, says Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" feels antiquated. She finds Jane Austen's writing more relevant to her life. "Marrying for money, crazy parents, dating—these are all basic themes," Ms. Potter said, sipping tea near the sandwich table at a recent Austen meeting that drew 200 members."

Read the full article here.

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