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Jane in Popular Culture


How many references can you find to Jane Austen in popular culture? A new addition  to the University Library collections, Jane’s Fame  by Claire Harman,  tells the story of the transformation of Jane Austen from a fairly obscure 18th century author to one of the most studied and referenced authors other than Shakespeare. Here are a few instances of ‘Jane’ in popular culture:

Can you think of more? One of my favorites from Cold Comfort Farm is the advise from Flora to Elphine not to write poetry if she wants to catch the local squire , Dick Halt-Monitor. This echoes Elizabeth Bennet’s assertion in Pride and Prejudice:   “I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love?….. I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”

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