Category Archives: Research

Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post from Gabrielle Mullarkey

Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post from Gabrielle Mullarkey

BETWEEN THE LINES Sisterhood and serendipitous elusiveness Jane Austen, like many great artists, reaches out to us across time as both a living presence glimpsed between the lines of her own words and as an image orchestrated and reconstructed endlessly by others – including the woman regarded traditionally as iconographer-in-chief, her elder sister, Cassandra. Conspiracy… more goodness …

Who is Caroline Bingley and Why Would the Colonel Love Her? [+excerpt +giveaway]

Who is Caroline Bingley and Why Would the Colonel Love Her? [+excerpt +giveaway]

Into every story a little research must fall. Where have you heard that before? 😀 Yes, I am going there again, but this time I am not looking at outside sources, although I could. I did look up information on Christmas in the Regency Era and the titles of a few different pieces of literature… more goodness …

The Obsession with Money and Society in Jane Austen’s Novels

The Obsession with Money and Society in Jane Austen’s Novels

 Austen’s novels speak loudly with society’s obsession with money and connections. Money and status was obtained through marriage. What we soon come to accept as a reader of Jane Austen’s novels is that her heroines marry for love (and a bit money). It is not ironic that Austen’s heroines marry within their class. It was… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

Predicting the due date of a pregnancy is a matter of guesswork, even in these modern times. Babies are notorious for following their own schedule rather than the convenience of their mother, midwife, or obstetrician. Nevertheless, it is rare for a pregnancy to extend much beyond 40 weeks, and it is almost as dangerous for… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Collins Hemingway’s “Austen Marriage” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Collins Hemingway’s “Austen Marriage” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winners of Collins Hemingway‘s “Austen Marriage” Giveaway. darcybennett and evamedmonds will each receive an eBook version of one of the three volumes of the Austen Marriage trilogy (winner’s choice) from Mr. Hemingway. Ladies, please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. In your response, please indicate… more goodness …

What Do William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, and a Pride and Prejudice Vagary Have in Common? + a Giveaway

What Do William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, and a Pride and Prejudice Vagary Have in Common? + a Giveaway

  Several months back, I landed upon an idea that has become part of my latest Austen-inspired book. You see, there is this whole faction of people/experts who believe that Francis Bacon and others within Bacon’s circle wrote Shakespeare’s plays. And guess what? Francis Bacon’s home is in the St Albans area of Hertfordshire. Old… more goodness …

Austen Fandom vs. Austen Academics, a Guest Post from Melanie Rachel

Austen Fandom vs. Austen Academics, a Guest Post from Melanie Rachel

At the JASNA annual conference last October, I was fortunate enough to meet with a number of JAFF writers and editors. Did I participate in a little fangirling? Well, yes.  During the course of our various discussions, the topic of the divide between the Jane Austen fandom and Jane Austen academics arose, and I’ve been… more goodness …

Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jane Austen’s time, primogeniture was no longer the law of the land, but it remained a strongly entrenched custom of inheritance proceedings. Breaking apart large landholdings were frowned upon. An impoverished aristocracy, whose wealth rested in the agricultural realm, would lead to total chaos in the countryside or so it was assumed. The practice… more goodness …