The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans
by Holly Luetkenhaus; Zoe Weinstein
Pub Date 03 Jun 2019
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This book explores online fan spaces in search of “Janeites” all over the world to discover what fans are making, how fans are sharing their work, and why it matters that so many women and nonbinary individuals find a haven not only in Jane Austen, but also in Jane Austen fandom. In relatable chapters based on firsthand experience, the authors explore how Austen fandom has and continues to build communities around women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. Whether Janeites are shrewdly picking up on the latent sexual tension between women in Emma or casting people of color in leading roles, Luetkenhaus and Weinstein argue that Austen fans are particularly adept at marrying fantasy and feminism.
"In showing the range and inventiveness of modern extensions of Austen’s timeless social commentaries, Luetkenhaus and Weinstein will delight old and new Austen fans."—Publishers Weekly
“Giving contemporary Austen-inspired fan culture its due, in a style that feels as if you’re having a conversation with smart friends over a glass of wine, the authors of Austentatious have given us a seriously fun, information-filled, and thought-provoking read. Whether you already know what today’s Austen ‘fanon’ is, or don’t yet know that you need to know, you’ll be grateful to Luetkenhaus and Weinstein for simultaneously illuminating it and entertaining you—which is, of course, in keeping with the mode of the great author herself.”—Devoney Looser, author, The Making of Jane Austen
“Written by two self-professed ‘Janeites’ for both scholars and fellow Austen fans, Austentatious offers an accessible overview of Jane Austen fandom from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to its digital and diverse iterations in the twenty-first century, reminding us that fandom, as we think we know it, began long before Star Trek or Sherlock Holmes.”—Katherine Larsen, coauthor, Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls (Iowa, 2013)