In the Huffington Post, Professor Kathleen Anderson explores why
Dr Cornel West, a philospher who focuses on race, gender and class in the United States,
considers Jane Austen one of the
world's greatest writers.
Recently we were treated to Sense and Sensibility by
Now just released is Northanger Abbey
by Val McDermid.
These are the first two books of The Austen Project,
in which international bestselling authors reimagine Jane Austen's novels for the 21 century.
The most horrific treachery of Northanger Abbey is the lack of internet access! In Val McDermid's reimagining of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Cat Morland is entranced by vampires and attracted by zombies. As in Austen's original, Catherine lives inside the stories she reads. However, Bath is usurped by Edinburgh, where the Fringe Festival brings together all sorts of people. Not all of them are what they seem!
|"Sense and Sensibility was written by Jane Austen, at least the 1811 original was. In 2013 Joanna Trollope's version was published, bringing the anguish of the Dashwood sisters into the 21st century. Everyone has a cell-phone, of course. Responding to emails, Facebook posts and Tweets replaces the tedium of letter writing. Gossip is still rampant in everyone's life, except it happens at the speed of electrons and shows up on YouTube. Morals have shifted, while the pain of a broken heart pierces as keenly as ever. Read more in Judith's review.|
|"What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair?" Author Syrie James imaginatively explores these questions in her novel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.||
|"Upstairs, the almost desperate Bennet family seeks husbands for five charming daughters. Downstairs, the servants scurry through endless labour and winter mud. In Longbourn, Jo Baker successfully recreates life on the other side of the kitchen door, a life secreted from the readers of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice." Read more in Judith's review.|
|As we all know, Jane Austen is up-to-the-minute modern. The latest evidence is found in Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Chwe, a political scientist at UCLA. He defines game theory as the mathematical study of strategic thinking and introduces his concepts in a video about his book. The author postulates that Jane Austen was part of an early expression of game theory, with characters that weigh circumstances and others who do not when they make decisions. Reviews abound on Google in many publications unused to literary critiques from Forbes to a podcast on Freakonomics.||
|Our very own JASNA Calgary scribe, Samantha Adkins, has published another Jane Austen themed book, Suspiciously Reserved, A Twist on Jane Austen's Emma. This tantalizing novel helps us imagine the story of Jane Fairfax, who is shabbily treated by Frank Churchill and by Emma Woodhouse. Samantha invites us to imagine her tale as set in present-day Canada.|
|Strathmore author, Samantha Adkins wrote Expectations, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, for her sister's birthday. Expectations is set six months after Pride and Prejudice ends, in the style and voice of Jane Austen. It begins at Longbourn with Mrs. Bennet exhorting Mr. Bennet to write his married daughters, Elizabeth Darcy and Jane Bingley, telling them they must provide male heirs for their new husbands. Find out more about Expectations and make a purchase online.|