Jane Austen

More from Susan Greenfield on Jane Austen (but this time, also on health care!)

Professor Susan Greenfield published "Postmortem: Jane Austen and Repealing the Affordable Care Act" in the August 9. 2017 Los Angeles Review of Books blog.


For now, it appears the Republican Senators’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead. But key provisions (like cost-sharing reductions for insurers) remain in doubt, Vice President Pence has said, “We won’t rest until we end […] ObamaCare,” and Trump still wants to sabotage the law.  In July, the vast majority of Republican Senators were prepared to do just that.

At about the same time that Republicans were busy attacking the ACA, Austen fans throughout America (and the world) were celebrating the author’s bicentenary. Few people, I suspect, saw any connection between the subjects..... [Click here to read the full article]

Susan Greenfield talks about Jane Austen--on the radio!

Though July 2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death, she is more alive than ever as a popular culture icon. Click here to listen to Professor Susan Greenfield’s exciting debate about the author’s enduring significance with the movie director Whit Stillman, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti on her WBUR show Radio Boston. Among other things, Greenfield discusses Austen’s complicated politics and her skeptical position about the manipulative power of romance. Hollywood may celebrate Austen for her love stories, but her novels show that romantic love is often a surprisingly solitary experience. Many thanks to Greenfield’s former student and Fordham alum Kathleen McNerney (2007), who is senior associate producer of Radio Boston, for arranging the interview. 

Here's the full link in case you want to share it: http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2017/07/18/austen-two-hundred#_=_

Thoughts on Giving Thanks, via Jane Austen, from PhD Student Kevin Stevens in Salon.com

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Fordham English PhD student Kevin Stevens last week published an article on Salon.com titled "Stop selling me gratitude: Jane Austen called BS on this tyranny of the status quo 200 years ago." In it, Stevens explores the distinction between vague "gratitude decorations" and being "grateful for specific reasons," and points out that Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park explores the problems of compulsory gratitude through its protagonist, Fanny Price. 

Susan Greenfield on Jane Austen and the Presidential Campaign

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Susan Greenfield is writing weekly for the The Huffington Post on Jane Austen and the Presidental Campaign (and whatever else strikes her fancy). The link to the first installment is below. If you know of any Austen fans who might be interested in the series, send their names and emails Susan's way (scgreenf@aol.com).

The Jane Austen Weekly: 'Northanger Abbey' and the Presidential Campaign