Welcome to my new blog series celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen’s novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion!
The first guest post is by Deborah Barnum, on the publishing history of Northanger Abbey. We began on December 16, 2017, Jane Austen’s 242nd birthday, and the series will run until the end of June in 2018.
Contributors to the series include Carol Adams, Maggie Arnold, Elaine Bander, Deborah Barnum, Gisèle Baxter, John Baxter, Lyn Bennett, Diana Birchall, Serena Burdick, L. Bao Bui, Christy Ann Conlin, Natasha Duquette, Lynn Festa, Marcia McClintock Folsom, Susannah Fullerton, Saniyya Gauhar, William Hutchings, Hazel Jones, Theresa Kenney, Sheila Johnson Kindred, Deborah Knuth Klenck, Maggie Lane, Elisabeth Lenckos, Mahlia S. Lone, Dan Macey, Rohan Maitzen, Sara Malton, Ellen Moody, Leslie Nyman, Lisa Pliscou, Mary Lu Redden, Jessica Richard, Peter Sabor, Paul Savidge, Kate Scarth, Edward Scheinman, Judith Sears, Kerry Sinanan, Laaleen Sukhera, Margaret C. Sullivan, Judith Thompson, Deborah Yaffe, Kim Wilson, and Daniel Woolf.
Both William Hutchings and Ellen Moody wrote about Persuasion and autumn, and I’ve shared their guest posts here already: “A Sense of an Ending: Persuasion and Keats’s ‘Ode to Autumn,’” by William Hutchings, and “‘For there is nothing lost, that may be found’: Charlotte Smith in Jane Austen’s Persuasion,” by Ellen Moody.
Thank you to Adam Q for suggesting the title of the series, and to Sue Wilson Knopp for designing the image below, adding the title to my photograph of Black Rock Beach in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I hope you’ll join us!
“Pump Rooms and Gothic Terrors: How Northanger Abbey Came to Be,” by Deborah Barnum
“Henry Austen’s ‘Biographical Notice of the Author,'” by Peter Sabor
“Northanger Abbey’s Scare Quotes,” by Lynn Festa
“The Eyes of Society,” by Serena Burdick
“Revisiting Northanger Abbey,” by Lisa Pliscou
“The Defense of Novels in Northanger Abbey,” by Leslie Nyman
“Teenaged Gothic Daydreams: Coming of Age in Northanger Abbey,” by Gisèle M. Baxter
“Parental Tyranny and Filial Disobedience in Northanger Abbey,” by Theresa Kenney
“Riot!—what riot?” by Judith Thompson
“Bless Me, Henry Tilney, for I Have Sinned,” by Margaret C. Sullivan
“Reading, Misreading, and the Plain Truth,” by Lyn Bennett
“Eleanor and Isabella,” by Saniyya Gauhar, Mahlia S. Lone, and Laaleen Sukhera
“The Vanity of Human Riches: A Conversation About Class and Wealth in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion,” by Deborah Knuth Klenck and Ted Scheinman