In honour of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I wrote a series of ten posts between January and May 2013 about the experience of rereading the novel. I’ve read and reread and taught and written about Pride and Prejudice many times, and I really enjoyed reading and discussing it with friends old and new here on my website. Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion!
Here’s the information about the series, along with links to the ten posts, to my interview on CBC Radio on the 200th anniversary, to other P&P-related posts on my blog, and to some of the highlights from other articles celebrating the anniversary.
This is what I wrote when I started the series:
“Austen’s most famous novel is surrounded by what Alex Clark calls the ‘white noise’ of pop culture reinterpretations, homages, sequels, and of course film adaptations, many of which are interesting in their own right. I’m one of the countless people who loved the 1995 A&E/BBC ‘Pride and Prejudice’ series, I thought the ITV series ‘Lost in Austen’ was hilarious, and I’m a fan of the Cozy Classics, Little Miss Austen, and Real Reads books that introduce young children to Pride and Prejudice. At the same time, I want to try to separate the experience of reading and rereading Pride and Prejudice from the ‘white noise’ that can distract our attention from the novel itself even as it adds to the fame of both Austen and the novel she called her ‘darling Child.’
I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to avoid talking about adaptations and reinterpretations entirely, but I’ll do my best to focus on what I’m finding most intriguing in the novel on this particular rereading. Please tell me what you’re most interested in as you read or reread Pride and Prejudice, too – I welcome your comments and ideas.”
Jane Austen’s “Darling Child” Meets the World: On January 28, 2013, the 200th anniversary of the day Pride and Prejudice was published, I talked about what Austen said in her letters about sharing the book with the world.
Rereading Pride and Prejudice, a Ten-Part Series:
You can also listen to me talking about Jane Austen’s letters, what makes Pride and Prejudice so appealing, and what I love most about Austen in this January 28, 2013 interview with Stephanie Domet on CBC Radio’s Mainstreet.
My other posts about Pride and Prejudice:
Why Pride and Prejudice is a Diamond (on Susannah Fullerton’s new book Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece)
Books as Children (on Pride and Prejudice as Austen’s “darling Child,” Sense and Sensibility as a “sucking child,” and the distinction between the physical courage of childbearing and the moral courage of writing books)
Celebrating Pride and Prejudice on Jane Austen’s Birthday (with a link to “Pride & Prejudice 200,” the Jane Austen’s House Museum website devoted to events around the world celebrating the novel’s anniversary)
The New Annotated Pride and Prejudice (my review of the Harvard University Press edition, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, published in Open Letters Monthly)
Pride and Prejudice for Babies (my review of Cozy Classics: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and a comparison with Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice and the Real Reads abridged version of Pride and Prejudice)
Some of the highlights among the many recent articles on Pride and Prejudice elsewhere on the web:
The Jane Austen Book Club (slideshow of P&P covers), by Janine Barchas, The New York Times
On Charlotte Lucas’s Choice, by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker
We’ve Been with Lizzie All Along: A conversation about the enduring appeal of Pride and Prejudice, by Rohan Maitzen and Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
Austen’s Power: 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice, by Janet Davison, CBC News
Austen Power: 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice, by John Walsh, The Independent
Romance that never loses its sparkle: The world’s most influential novel ever, by Sarah Morrison and Jessica Shiraz, The Independent
Jane Austen Still Matters, 200 Years On, by Alex Clark, The Observer
Howard Jacobson asks: who cares what happens in the wider world as long as Lizzie Bennet ends up happy? (Hay Festival 2013), The Telegraph. Jacobson suggests that “Love matters in Jane Austen … because it stands for something more than itself.”
Lady Catherine de Bourgh, A Pride and Prejudice Celebration, Part One, by Vic Sanborn, Jane Austen’s World
Lady Catherine de Bourgh, A Pride and Prejudice Celebration, Part Two, by Vic Sanborn, Jane Austen’s World
And you can follow along with The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 at Austenprose
Essays from the JASNA 2013 AGM in Minneapolis, Minnesota, “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice … Timeless,” published in Persuasions On-Line 34.1 (2013)