Art and Artifact in Austen: Coming, 2020


This book, with twelve essays by emerging and well-known Austen scholars, makes a persuasive case for Jane Austen’s deep and fruitful immersion in the arts and material culture of her day.  It is an excellent book, offering new insights into all manner of art, music, and theatre in Austens life and in her fiction.

                              –Devoney Looser


Preorder your copy of Art & Artifact in Austen (University of Delaware Press, forthcoming 2020) from or order from the University of Delaware Press’s website.

New Book: Art & Artifact in Jane Austen’s Novels and Early Writings, forthcoming!

Watch for the new volume of essays inspired by discussions at our 2017 bicentenary conference, forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press in 2019.

Contributors include Peter Sabor, Elaine Bander, Jocelyn Harris, Nancy Johnson, Linda Zionkowski and Miriam Hart, Barbara Benedict, Deborah Payne, Cheryl Wilson, Marilyn Francus, Natasha Duquette, Tonya Moutray, and Juliette Wells.

As one reader put it, “the volume presents a persuasive case for Jane Austen’s deep and fruitful immersion in the arts and material culture of her day.”  More soon!

July 18, 2018

Jane Austen, 1775-1817

Today marks 200 years since the death of Jane Austen.  Her legacy is rich and very much alive.  Below are some links commemorating that legacy.


Todd Zwillich interviews Juliette Wells on The Takeaway


Jane Austen Wasn’t Shy, Devoney Looser

“Reading Jane Austen’s Final, Unfinished Novel,” The New Yorker

Jane Austen News from the NY Times


“Which Jane Austen” Bodleian Library Exhibit

Jane Austen House Museum

2017 at the British Library

Jane’s Winchester: Malady and Medicine


Jane Austen’s Worldwide Fan Club (BBC News)

New plastic £10 note  note featuring Jane Austen to be revealed

 Jane Austen 200 Years On (The Economist)

Jane Austen Facts & Figures (The Guardian)

Jane Austen News (The Economist)

Jane Austen News from the NY Times


The Divine Jane

Conferences & Actions

JASNA AGM, Huntington Beach

Jane’s Fund

Memorial Book (JASNA)




Some Conference Highlights

My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

And what good company we had! SUNY Plattsburgh’s “Jane Austen & the Arts” featured a spectacular group of gifted scholars from around the world, promising students, and engaging members of the general public! The scholarly value of the conference was clear: we heard expert analyses of Austen’s use of portraiture, paintings, landscape design, theater, music, ballet, letter writing, ekphrasis, religion, fashion, reading, Alexander Pope, marginalia, law, and, yes–even artlessness!

On top of that, we experienced brilliant (and memory-making renditions) of musical adaptations of Austen’s novels and listened to skilled discussions of film adaptations of Austen’s novels. By the time I got to the English Country Dance and certainly as I toured the Kent-Delord House Museum, I felt I had walked back in time.

Thanks to all who participated in making “Jane Austen & the Arts” a splendid success, including my devoted colleagues, without whom this conference could not have been as rich.

Below are some photographs of conference highlights. If you have photographs, please send them to me. Mine, for the most part, are limited to the English Country Dance, though I managed to capture Hope Greenberg wearing one of her gorgeous Austen-era gowns.

Let us continue these productive and delightful conversations! Feel free to comment below.

Hope Greenberg discussing and displaying Austen-era fashion.

The English Country Dance, 3/24

The English Country Dance, 3/24

A dance necessity: cameo cupcakes

Mr. Darcy’s Flummery

“Jane Austen’s Scholarly Persuasions” (NCPR Interview by Todd Moe)

North Country Public Radio’s “The Eight O’Clock Hour” with Todd Moe and Martha Foley is a staple of north country culture. Todd Moe asked me some questions about “Jane Austen and the Arts” and commented on his own experience encountering Jane Austen fans–at Comic-Con!   It included zombies.  Listen to the full interview here.

Jane Austen & the Arts is Nearly Here!

Though formal registration for the 3-day conference has closed, everyone is welcome to the English Country Dance, Friday March 24, 7-9:30 in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Warren Ballrooms (Angel College Center).  The dance will be called by Sharon Schenkel, who will also conduct a brief pre-dance workshop beginning at 7 p.m.  A $5 admission fee for non-registered participants can be paid at the door.

Live period music by members of Les Triolets.

A Whist Table, complete with genial Whist mentors, Timothy Murphy and Grant Novotny.

A raffle of Jane Austen goodies, including Peter Sabor’s The Cambridge Companion to Emma will take place during the dance.

Light refreshments will be served.  Period dress welcome but not necessary.  Most of us will dress in casual attire.

Registration Deadline: 15 March at 11 p.m.

We are delighted to report that registration for SUNY Plattsburgh’s “Jane Austen & the Arts” has been enthusiastic.  This means, however, that we will be closing  registration on Wednesday, March 15th at 11 p.m.  Please register for the conference online before that date if you are interested in attending the conference.

No registration is necessary to attend the English Country Dance, where conference participants will provide live period music, Sharon Schenkel will both call the dance and conduct the pre-dance workshop, and a Whist table will offer instruction and playing time for those not interested in dancing.  $5 admission is payable at the door.

Please contact Anna Battigelli if you have questions about registration.  The conference and English Country Dance are open to the public.