Program in British Studies

‘Jane Austen between the Covers’

Janine Barchas ENGLISH

Fri, March 22, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

            Ready-bound books in sturdy no-nonsense cloth bindings first began to appear in the 1830s. With the advent of these so-called publishers’ bindings, book covers became transformed into a marketing canvas of sorts. Janine Barchas will trace the surprising history of the Austen cover—from Victorian schmaltz to Kindle-era nudity—while speculating about the range of marketing strategies and what they tell us about the shifting cultural opinion of Austen and her work.

            Janine Barchas teaches courses on Jane Austen in the English Department.  She has recently published Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History,Location, and Celebrity (2012), which tracks Austen’s allusions to glamorous landed estates, contemporary celebrities, and famous historical figures through the author’s choices of leading names and geographical settings.  She recently published an article in the New York Times on the themes of her book.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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