"Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures," by Claudia L. Johnson

Oct. 22, 2012

Claudia L. Johnson's newest book, Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures, was recently published by the University of Chicago Press. 

“Claudia L. Johnson’s long-anticipated book on the history of Austen fandom turns out, not surprisingly, to have been amply worth the wait. With characteristic intelligence, judiciousness, and lucidity, Johnson teases out the ideas that have informed our evolving construction of this most popular and yet most elusive of literary figures. Johnson sinks her roots very deeply into the source material, showing how Austen became an icon for all seasons, giving us back the image we have required of her in war and peace, modernity and postmodernity, the British Empire and the Empire of Hollywood. Following in the tradition of studies of Shakespearean canonization, this is the real ‘Becoming Jane.’” - William Deresiewicz, author of A Jane Austen Education

This past summer celebrating the realease of "Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures," Professor Johnson spoke as part of a distinguished lecture series at the 92|YTRIBECA, New York, NY.

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