What can organizational leaders in business, education and government learn from an unemployed unmarried woman living in patriarchal misogynistic rural England in the 18th Century? As it turns out, a great deal.
With new and delightfully surprising film adaptations like “Love and Friendship” and the unwavering idiosyncrasies of human nature, Austen shows no sign of slowing down in popularity or reach.
[Spoilers ahead!] Jane Austen would have appreciated Amy Schumer’s blockbuster summer rom-com Trainwreck. With its flawed protagonist, who alternately feels superior to those around her and unworthy of love, the film draws on themes that could have come straight out of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Like Austen, Schumer knows how to give the people what they want: girl meets boy, […]
To me, it’s all about Anna Maxwell Martin’s face. Maxwell Martin stars in Death Comes to Pemberley, the BBC two-part adaptation of P.D. James’s 2011 mystery based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which ends its Masterpiece Theatre run on PBS this Sunday night. (You can catch up on Episode One online here.) I’ve loved […]
Before I met 36-year old Chicago-based director Joanie Schultz, I never really saw or thought about the connection between Jane Austen and the politics of the dominatrix. This was among the topics we discussed recently at the opening of a production of Venus in Fur that Schultz directed at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. The comedic […]
Our dear British novelist Jane Austen would have turned 238 today, had she not died at the untimely age of 41 due to (pick your retrospective diagnosis) Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis or Brill-Zinsser disease. We’ve celebrated the unforgettable Jane a number of times on the Ms. Blog. When you’re not busy reading one […]
The Bank of England has announced that British novelist Jane Austen will be replacing naturalist Charles Darwin on the £10 note ($15.36). This news comes after people were outraged at the announcement in April that social reformer Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by former prime minister Winston Churchill on the £5 note, causing a total […]
And the two best friends lived happily ever after. It’s not the typical ending for a romance story, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) isn’t typical in any way. The web video series that just aired its final episode is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, following fictional vlogger “Lizzie” Bennet, her […]
“I let him film us having sex, Lizzie. I let him do that. … He never made me do anything, so just tell me that I didn’t get what I had coming Lizzie, just try to tell me that!” A sobbing and self-abusive young woman named Lydia Bennet is speaking to her older sister Lizzie […]
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries reminds us of what Jane Austen intended all along: this is a story about a heroine who must learn to see herself.