Special Issue "Jane Austen: Work, Life, Legacy"

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sandie Byrne
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Guest Editor
Kellogg College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JA, UK
Interests: Jane Austen; language; poetry; twentieth-century poetry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special edition will offer new thoughts on and new insights to the life, work, and enduring importance of Jane Austen. It will consider the fiction in its literary and social but also its economic and political contexts, and the histories of its dissemination in material artefacts, in translation, and in adaptations. It brings together an international group of scholars representing the global reach of Austen’s writing and Austen criticism.  Building on and critiquing existing scholarship, the essays will revisit the mastery of language and form demonstrated in the mature novels, and will further the increasing interest in the teenage writing, fragments and letters. It will situate Austen’s styles and subjects within and without literary and aesthetic movements of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and trace her influence into the twentieth and twenty-first. The diverse interests and approaches of the contributors: biographical, economic, feminist, historical, linguistic, materialist, receptionist, theoretical, and other, will produce a diverse collection unified by the question of what twenty-first-century readings of Austen are and will be.

Dr. Sandie Byrne
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Jane Austen
  • eighteenth century
  • nineteenth century
  • feminism
  • novel
  • fiction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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