Proof That Jane Austen and Amy Schumer Would Have Been Friends

[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, […]

Venus in Fur: Is It Good for the Feminists?

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 […]

Are You in a Jane Austen Mood Today?

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 […]

Bank of England Sees Sense (and Sensibility)

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 […]