1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen

Edited By Cheryl A. Wilson, Maria H. Frawley Copyright 2021
    622 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    First published anonymously, as ‘a lady’, Jane Austen is now among the world’s most famous and highly revered authors. The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen provides wide-ranging coverage of Jane Austen’s works, reception, and legacy, with chapters that draw on the latest literary research and theory and represent foundational and authoritative scholarship as well as new approaches to an author whose works provide seemingly endless inspiration for reinterpretation, adaptation, and appropriation. The Companion provides up-to-date work by an international team of established and emerging Austen scholars and includes exciting chapters not just on Austen in her time but on her ongoing afterlife, whether in the academy and the wider world of her fans or in cinema, new media, and the commercial world. Parts within the volume explore Jane Austen in her time and within the literary canon; the literary critical and theoretical study of her novels, unpublished writing, and her correspondence; and the afterlife of her work as exemplified in film, digital humanities, and new media. In addition, the Companion devotes special attention to teaching Jane Austen.



    Part I

    Jane Austen’s Works

    1. Northanger Abbey and the Functions of Metafiction
    2. Jodi L. Wyett

    3. Sense and Sensibility, Novel and Phenomenon
    4. Peter Graham

    5. Pride and Prejudice: Not altogether ‘light & bright & sparkling’
    6. Susan J. Wolfson

    7. The Novelty of Mansfield Park
    8. Emily Rohrbach

    9. Emma, a Heroine
    10. George Justice

    11. The Politics of Friendship in Persuasion
    12. Michael D. Lewis

    13. The Historical and Cultural Aspects of Jane Austen’s Letters
    14. Jodi A. Devine

    15. ‘Setting at naught all rules of probable or possible’: Jane Austen’s ‘Juvenilia’
    16. John C. Leffel


      Part II

      Historicizing Austen: A Sampling

    17. Touching upon Jane Austen’s Politics
    18. Devoney Looser

    19. ‘A Picture of Real Life and Manners’? Austen, Burney, and Edgeworth
    20. Linda Bree

    21. Jane Austen and the Georgian Novel
    22. Elaine Bander

    23. From Samplers to Shakespeare: Jane Austen’s Reading
    24. Katie Halsey

    25. Pedestrian Characters and Plots: Persuasion and The Heart of Midlothian
    26. Tara Goshal Wallace

    27. From Jewelled Toothpick-Cases to Blue Nankin Boots: Austen, Consumerist Culture, and Narrative
    28. Laura M. White

    29. ‘Bringing her Business Forward’: Jane Austen and Political Economy
    30. Sarah Comyn

    31. Material Goods in Austen’s Novels
    32. Sandie Byrne

    33. Jane Austen and Music
    34. Laura Voracheck

    35. ‘All the Egotism of an Invalid’: Hypochondria as Form in Jane Austen’s Sanditon
    36. Sarah Marsh

    37. Jane Austen and the Whitewashed Past
    38. Olivia Murphy

    39. They Came Before and After Olivia: Cats, Black Ladies and Political Blackness in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Austen
    40. Lyndon J. Dominique


      Part III

      Critical Approaches to Austen: A Sampling

    41. Hearing Voices in Austen: The Representation of Speech and Voice in the Novels
    42. Adela Pinch

    43. Being Plotted, Being Thrown: Austen’s Catch and Release
    44. William Galperin

    45. Austen’s Literary Time
    46. Amit Yahav

    47. Austen, Masculinity, and Romanticism
    48. Sarah Ailwood

    49. Jane Austen Likes Women: Self-Worth, Self-Care, and Heroic Self-Sacrifice
    50. Kathleen Anderson

    51. ‘Queer Austen’ and Northanger Abbey
    52. Susan Celia Greenfield

    53. ‘A Perfectly Swell Romance’: Jane Austen and Fred Astaire: A Case Study in Analogy Criticism
    54. Paula Marantz Cohen

    55. Translating Jane Austen: World Literary Space and Isabelle de Montolieu’s La Famille Elliot (1821)
    56. Rachel Canter

    57. Jane Austen and the Social Sciences
    58. Wendy Jones


      Part IV

      Austen’s Communities: A Sampling

    59. Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal and Persuasions On-Line: 'Formed for [an] Elegant and Rational Society'
    60. Susan Allen Ford

    61. ‘It is Such a Happiness When Good People Get Together’: JAS and JASNA
    62. Alice Marie Villaseñor

    63. Live Austen Adaptation in the Age of Multimedia Reproduction
    64. Christopher C. Nagle 

    65. ‘You do not know her or her heart’: Minor Character Elaboration in Contemporary Austen Spin-off Fiction
    66. Kylie Mirmohamadi

    67. Jane Goes Gaga: Austen as Celebrity and Brand
    68. Marina Cano

    69. Global Jane Austen: Obstinate, Headstrong Pakistanis
    70. Laaleen Sukhera

    71. Race, Class, Gender Remixed: Reimagining Pride and Prejudice in Communities of Colour
    72. Sigrid Michelle Anderson

    73. Writing Community: Some Thoughts about Jane Austen Fanfiction
    74. Melanie Borrego


      Part V

      Teaching Jane Austen: A Sampling

    75. Teaching Jane Austen in the Twenty-First Century
    76. Michael Gamer and Katrina O’Loughlin

    77. Close Reading and Close Looking: Teaching Austen Novels and Films
    78. Martha Stoddard Holmes

    79. Myth, Reality, and Global Celebrity: Teaching Jane Austen Online
    80. Gillian Dow and Kim Simpson

    81. Epistemic Injustice in Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park; Or, What Austen Teaches Us about Mansplaining and White Privilege
    82. Tim Black and Danielle Spratt

    83. Race, Privilege, and Relatability: A Practical Guide for College and Secondary Instructors
    84. Juliette Wells

    85. Austen’s Belief in Education: Sōseki, Nogami, and Sensibility
    86. Kimiyo Ogawa

    87. Teaching Jane Austen through Public Humanities: The Jane Austen Summer Program

    Inger S. B. Brodey, Anne Fertig, and Sarah Schaefer Walton


    Cheryl A. Wilson is Professor of English and Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Stevenson University. In 2012, she participated in the NEH Summer Seminar “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries” with Devoney Looser and several other Routledge Companion contributors. She is the author of Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2009), Fashioning the Silver Fork Novel (2012), and Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine (2017).

    Maria H. Frawley is a Professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature. She is the author of A Wider Range: Travel Writing by Women in Victorian England; Anne Bronte; an edition of Harriet Martineau’s Life in the Sick-Room, and Invalidism and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain, in addition to essays on nineteenth-century women writers, including Jane Austen. She is at work on a book titled Keywords of Jane Austen’s Fiction.