What's the Jane Austen News this week?The Mother of the Modern Novel
Professor Kathryn Sutherland is keen to see Jane Austen praised, not as the queen of romance novels, but rather "as a pioneer — the inventor of the modern novel, the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on the home front, and a businesswoman prepared to stake all on fame and fortune."
"Austen’s novels broke new ground in subject matter and style. She saw that everyday events in ordinary places could be the stuff of fiction. But she saw far more. One of her greatest contributions to literature was a way of writing, centred on the heroine, that recognises the longing in each one of us to grow, to change, to become other. Her heroines have inner lives, represented on the page as a kind of conversation with the self."
Those who say that Jane is just a romance novelist couldn't be more wrong. It's easy to forget, this many years down the line, and with so many new genres and novel formats on the shelves, how revolutionary Jane's novels were; how unique they were in style. Happily Professor Sutherland is hoping to change that with....
A New Book From Kathryn Sutherland
Beer For A Short Time Only!
In the last edition of the Jane Austen News we mentioned that some of the team from the Jane Austen Centre had been to the Bath Brewhouse to help with the brewing of a special Jane Austen beer. We can now give you a few more details on how it going and what will happen to the brew once it's ready.
The first pint is set to be pulled early on the morning of July the 1st, and later on that day at the Jane Austen Summer Ball the beer will be properly put to the taste test. There will be a growler (a refillable container into which draught beer is poured for home consumption) of the celebratory drink on each table, then at the country ball in September's Jane Austen Festival there will be a keg provided for the dancers' enjoyment and refreshment.
However, if you're not attending either dance you can still sample the special brew. It will be available from the Bath Brew House throughout July, and also throughout the Jane Austen Festival in September.
Two Hundredth This Year In More Ways Than One
Jane Austen and the War of 1812 Residents of Mumford, New York, might like to know that the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, will host a War of 1812 and Jane Austen Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend (June 24th-25th).
Visitors will see re-enactments to portray shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers, cannons and muskets and Austen-era music and dancing.
Entertainment will include patriotic concerts by musicians from Old Fort Niagara, dance demonstrations by the Country Dancers of Rochester and a daily Jane Austen fashion show.
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