Jane Austen

August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022

‘Emily’ and creative freedom in literary biopics

It got me thinking that we are fascinated by the behind-the-scenes lives of our cultural obsessions, and the personal lives of authors can come to feel like public possessions just as much as their works. It is this sense of ownership that can risk conflict over films about literary icons. 

July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022

‘Persuasion’, ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Emma.’ What’s missing from these quirky period dramas?

Studios seem to think female characters need to be glossed with a “zany” and “feisty” persona in order to be relevant. 

July 20, 2022
July 20, 2022

Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion is disappointing

The movie sets the overall tone to be comic rather than tragic.

July 15, 2022
July 15, 2022

Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’ misunderstands Jane Austen’s novel entirely

The problem with Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion is that it doesn't know what it wants to be.

April 18, 2022
April 18, 2022

The longstanding fascination with Regency romance

How is it that the privileged lives of the British upper classes, in a period of time which lasted arguably less than a decade, have managed to leave behind such an impressive legacy in English literature?

July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021

Why Do We Still Swoon Over Mr. Darcy?

Fitzwilliam Darcy. You know who we are talking about.