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Jane Austen News - Numero 82

Quali sono le notizie di Jane Austen questa settimana?

Potresti interpretare Jane in Austen the Musical?

Una notizia entusiasmante se ami il teatro musicale, hai una passione per le esibizioni e hai sempre desiderato essere Jane Austen. La notizia di Jane Austen è che c'è la caccia a una nuova Jane!I produttori Daniel Taylor-Brown e Justin Eade hanno annunciato che stanno cercando un'attrice per interpretare Jane Austen nel tour nel Regno Unito di Austen the Musical. Austen the Musical esplora la lotta di Jane per pubblicare il suo lavoro in un ambiente dominato dagli uomini, le sue storie d'amore e il suo voto di rifiutare lo stile di vita di una donna nell'Inghilterra georgiana. Dopo lunghi periodi all'Edinburgh Festival Fringe e performance tutto esaurito al Jane Austen Festival e allo York New Musical Festival, il nuovo musical di Rob Winlow si dirigerà a livello nazionale nel suo tour nel Regno Unito 2017/18 da ottobre 2017 - solo che attualmente manca protagonista femminile! Quindi, ti interessa interpretare Jane Austen dai 20 ai 41 anni? Abbiamo pensato che alcuni di voi tra i lettori di Jane Austen News potessero esserlo. Per candidarsi, i produttori chiedono di inviare loro un CV, un primo piano, una lettera di presentazione e i dettagli della tua estensione vocale all'indirizzo info@austenthemusical.com. Maggiori informazioni possono essere trovate nell'elenco qui su artsjobs.org.uk.  

Incontra The Jane Austen Superfans

Al Jane Austen News ci piace leggere di altri fan di Austen, quindi ci è piaciuto molto scoprire qualcosa in più su questi superfan di Jane Austen come descritto in un articolo nel Custode questa settimana: Roland Anderson, 44 anni, direttore finanziario, Londra: "Non è stato fino a quando avevo 20 anni che ho iniziato ad entrare in Austen. Il mio amico Mark ha continuato a parlare di Orgoglio e pregiudizio, così l'ho riletto, poi ho lavorato sul resto dei romanzi, più qualsiasi cosa su cui potessi mettere le mani: le lettere, i romanzi incompiuti. Una volta ho letto un ragazzo Orgoglio e pregiudizio come una favola della buonanotte. Non ci vuole tutto il tempo che pensi: 20 notti a due o tre capitoli per notte. Gli è piaciuto molto, anche se la relazione non è durata. " Nili Olay, 72 anni, e Jerry Vetowich, 80 anni, membri della Jane Austen Society of North America: Jerry - "Adoro il travestimento, lo ammetto - ho quattro costumi, tra cui un giubbotto rosso e un ammiraglio, e Nili ha diversi abiti. Sembrano piuttosto autentici. Ovviamente, non ci vestiamo bene per il normale riunioni, solo le palle, ma è bello vedere le persone con i loro abiti eleganti ". Mira Magdo, 31 anni, blogger, Cambridge: "Quattro anni fa, mi sono trasferito in Inghilterra per stare vicino a Jane - suona strano ma è vero. Ogni anno c'è un grande festival a Bath. Un anno, ero lì e Adrian Lukis, che interpretava Wickham nella versione della BBC, c'era anche lui, e ho avuto l'idea di provare a incontrare tutti i membri principali del cast ". Sei un superfan della Austen a questo livello? Dobbiamo dire che è stato fantastico vedere così tanti di questi fan che ci visitavano a Bath per il servizio fotografico! L'articolo completo può essere letto Qui.

I pro ei contro della deviazione P&P

C'è stata un bel po 'di preoccupazione (ma anche eccitazione) per la notizia di un nuovo adattamento televisivo Orgoglio e pregiudizio è sulle carte per il 2020 - un nuovo adattamento che secondo lo scrittore della produzione mostrerà "il lato più oscuro" del libro di Austen. Con questa preoccupazione per l'integrità del libro fresca nella mente dei fan di Austen, In verità la rivista ha pubblicato un articolo molto gradito questa settimana ricordandoci che non tutte le deviazioni sono negative. Alcune delle deviazioni positive dal libro includevano la proposta inzuppata di pioggia di Darcy nel 2005 P&P film, la scena della vasca da bagno di Mr Darcy nella miniserie del 1995 e, naturalmente, la scena della maglietta bagnata di Mr Darcy della stessa miniserie. Tuttavia, ci sono state anche ricordate alcune modifiche meno gradite. Alcuni di questi provenivano dalla versione cinematografica del 1940 di Orgoglio e pregiudizio. Ad esempio: i costumi selvaggiamente imprecisi, la corsa di cavalli e carrozze tra i Bennet e i Lucas e la gentile e comprensiva Lady Catherine! Noi leggiamo l'articolo, sono state ricordate le versioni che avevamo scelto di dimenticare, e abbiamo ricordato che alla fine sarebbe andato tutto bene, perché dopo tutto, se la nuova produzione di Orgoglio e pregiudizio è tutt'altro che favorevole, avremo sempre le prestazioni stellari di Colin Firth e Jennifer Ehle su cui fare affidamento!

 Incontra il lato menopausale di Jane Austen?

Questa settimana ci siamo imbattuti in un articolo della giornalista Frances Wilson che ci ha sorpreso un po '. Il suo articolo si concentrava sulla mancanza di letteratura che esplora le donne in menopausa - donne "intrappolate nel mezzo dei loro anni spericolati, in fiamme, inaridimento, ossessionate dalla morte e chiedendosi se desidereranno o saranno desiderate di nuovo" . Wilson sostiene che ci sono molti romanzi e discussioni nella vita di tutti i giorni sulle crisi di mezza età degli uomini, ma l'equivalente femminile nell'ultimo tabù. Non tutto è perduto però. Jane Austen è un'autrice che, ha detto Wilson, scrive di donne in menopausa.
Guardate la signora Bennet in Orgoglio e pregiudizio, rinchiusa nella sua grande ansia e mancanza di scopo, Lady Bertram a Mansfield Park, svenuta sul divano per ragioni inspiegabili ... ... Jane Austen, morta a 42 anni, potrebbe essere stata durante la menopausa stessa - spesso arriva prima alle donne senza figli - e Mansfield Park, più cupa, più arrabbiata e meno indulgente delle altre sue opere, si legge come quell'unicorno immaginario, un romanzo in menopausa.
Questo ci ha fatto pensare al Jane Austen News - era Mansfield Park davvero un romanzo sulla menopausa come dice questo articolo? Dopo alcune considerazioni, non siamo rimasti convinti, ma ci piace L'argomento di Wilson che sarebbe bello vedere più personaggi femminili in menopausa nei romanzi e che, attualmente, c'è un po 'di mancanza.

Successo per studenti che hanno imparato l'inglese da Austen

Horem Gul, un'adolescente arrivata a Nottingham dal Pakistan un anno fa, ha imparato il suo inglese in quello che è forse il modo più divertente che abbiamo mai incontrato. Lei, sua madre e sua sorella minore sono venute in Inghilterra per raggiungere suo padre, che lavora nel Regno Unito da dieci anni. La famiglia è venuta con pochissimo inglese. Fortunatamente Jane Austen (e Colin Firth) sono stati felici di aiutare ... "Ci siamo riuniti tutti circa un anno fa. Abbiamo guardato molti film che ci hanno aiutato ad adattarci e ho imparato il mio inglese da film come Orgoglio e pregiudizio! "Da allora Horem ha ottenuto ottimi risultati agli esami nonostante la novità della lingua. Ha ottenuto due livelli A e tre di grado A! Un ottimo esempio di come Austen stia ispirando le donne a ottenere grandi cose nella loro vita anche tutti questi anni dopo la sua morte .
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I wrote Mrs. Bennet’s Sentiments with copyright in 2010. I had submitted a rough draft to Deb W in 2009 at Source Books. She got back to me in 24 hrs! She wanted to pitch it. A week later she couldn’t get the full editorial board to give it the green light as they do more romantic spin-offs… Darcy etc… and this is “Hen Lit” But she strongly encouraged me to continue. Then I attended a writer’s conference and met with many editors agents etc..2011. I saw that Ms. King’s book I think came out in 2013..but I didn’t read it. Was thinking oh Dang I tipped my hand… After many rounds with agents etc. . I formally published it in time for Mother’s Day 2016. I read Gilbert’s Big Magic and realize those inspiration sprites are everywhere.Maybe great minds think a like. I saw Mrs. Bennet Has Her Say but it was very dissimilar, focused on her as a young woman I think. Only read a few pages in. Will check out King’s book. Right now in pre- production for a big show about Matisse( I run a theatre)

vantagetheatre@gmail.com luglio 26, 2020

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For a feisty take on Mrs Bennet. see Mrs. Bennet’s Sentiments. Was the top fiction pick by People Magazine this past November . JANE AUSTEN’S MOTHER TELLS ALL

Jane Austen’s Mrs. Bennet, mother of five difficult teenage daughters is silent no more. Those who grew up enjoying Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will delight in Mrs. Bennet’s Sentiments. Tired of having her ungrateful girls roll their eyes at her and watching her husband retreat to his man cave, Mrs. Bennet finally tells her side of the story.“ Mrs. Bennet surprises them all. She defies the conventions of the day…
proving the old adage ‘Mother knows best.’ ”
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I loved this recent article by Dunphy… She really gets it.

SENT TO ME BY MY READERS. TOTAL VINDICATION OF MY PORTRAYAL OF MRS. BENNET
IN MRS BENNET’S SENTIMENTS : PRIDE PREJUDICE AND PERSEVERANCE

JANE AUSTEN’S MOST WIDELY MOCKED CHARACTER IS ALSO HER MOST SUBVERSIVE
IN DEFENSE OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’S MRS. BENNET
July 18, 2017 By Rachel Dunphy
Of all the delightful idiots filling the pages of our well-worn copies of Pride and Prejudice(hint: this is everyone except maybe Charlotte), one of the best is also one of the most overlooked—even by Jane Austen, who never grants her a first name. Mrs. Bennet, mother to the five Bennet sisters and incorrigible social gadfly, is largely dismissed by both the book’s readers and its facetious narrator, but she is perhaps the most radical character in the novel.
She tends to be read at face value—flighty, talkative, too often drunk, and too obsessed with marrying off each of her daughters. The clever jokes her husband makes at her expense go right over her head, much to his amusement and her elder daughters’ disappointment. But the willful disregard Mrs. Bennet shows to the sensibility and decorum most of her compatriots value so highly is not her weakness but in fact her greatest strength.
The woman has one abiding goal through the novel: to see all her daughters married and thus financially secure. An entail demands that none of her five children, all girls, may inherit their father’s estate, and thus they will have no permanent home or source of income unless they find it in wealthy men. Through the homogenizing fog of history, her obsession sometimes feels ridiculous—but when the options are marriage or destitution, and when you live in the countryside where well-bred men are scarce, and when at least two of your daughters are already past prime marriageable age, panic is understandable. Love is lovely, but Mrs. Bennet’s mission is about survival.
Unlike the rest of the family, prattling about feelings and manners and values and wit (yes, I mean you, Lizzie), she takes the plight of her children seriously, and she works tirelessly to ensure their futures. She schemes endless scenarios to endear her daughters to men of means, at one point orchestrating Jane’s prolonged illness (and thus residence) at Mr. Bingley’s Netherfield estate, at another attempting to force Elizabeth into an unhappy marriage with her cousin Mr. Collins, and at every chance throwing Lydia and Kitty toward an endless parade of military officers. Not all of her efforts are successful, to be sure, but marriage is a numbers game, and the Bennet matriarch is the sole, the necessary pragmatist in a house filled with idle dreamers.
“Love is lovely, but Mrs. Bennet’s mission is about survival.”

Remarkably, even as she shoulders the burden of her family’s future alone, Mrs. Bennet rails against the confines of the misogynistic society she inhabits. When she exclaims angrily, repeatedly, unceasingly about her daughters’ inability to inherit property—“the hardest thing in the world,” she calls it—our heroines, Jane and Lizzie, exhaustedly explain the logic of the sexist concept yet again. “They had often attempted to do it before, but it was a subject on which Mrs. Bennet was beyond the reach of reason, and she continued to rail bitterly against the cruelty of settling an estate away from a family of five daughters, in favor of a man whom nobody cared anything about.” How silly was this mother of theirs, who couldn’t understand the simple, obvious absurdity of a woman inheriting a house.
Jane and Lizzie are far from oblivious to their perilous situation. They know they must marry before they are forcibly removed from their ancestral home by the combined powers of tradition and the aforementioned aggressively dull male cousin. They know that, in their early twenties, their eligible years are coming to a close. But they neither rebel against the injustice nor actively seek to nullify it. Neither is bitter about the entail; it is an unavoidable consequence of fate. And neither takes an active role in husband hunting, instead preferring to stumble lazily—and in Lizzie’s case quite resistantly—into blissful marriages with wealthy best friends (Congrats! Glad it all worked out). When Elizabeth’s longtime friend Charlotte marries the rejected Mr. Collins, Lizzie is embittered to see the slightly older woman compromise her standards for security—but the matter of Charlotte’s inheriting her home and all its worth is a non-issue. Her mother sees it differently and bitterly condemns Collins and Charlotte at every opportunity, even years after their marriage. There is nothing she can do to change the legal status of herself or her daughters, but still she refuses to accept it, and she will not be quiet about the injustice of it even while those who it affects most consider the matter settled and have found superior situations. Mrs. Bennet is revolutionary in her simple and abiding refusal to shut up, even as those for whom she chiefly advocates desperately wish for her do so.
While working within a system she openly acknowledges to be against her, Mrs. Bennet acts freely and without restraint. She speaks her mind regardless of whether it is time for her to speak, and she voices her opinion regardless of whether it is the popular one—“What is Mr. Darcy to me, pray, that I should be afraid of him?” she asks in response to another of Lizzie’s scoldings, “I am sure we owe him no such particular civility as to be obliged to say nothing he may not like to hear.” It’s a trait she passes on to her favorite and youngest daughter, Lydia, and the two make a regular habit of interrupting and interjecting in conversations with their social betters. Mrs. Bennet isn’t afraid of mistakes, frequently acting with what is judged as too much liberty but never once embarrassed or apologetic for it. And that is remarkable given how highly reputation is valued in her world and how little it takes to destroy one.
Let us not forget that the dramatic height of the novel revolves around the horrific realization that Lydia, the youngest and silliest Bennett sister, may have pre-marital sex—and that if she does, the entire family will be destitute. Of course it is not Austen as much as the period in which she wrote that is the problem here. Fifteen years old, Lydia is only saved from assured ruin through the help of a rich male benefactor, Mr. Darcy. He acts not from any sense of morality or charity—he at first finds a possible association with Lydia so despicable as to prevent him proposing to her sister—but out of love for another, better-behaved woman and the need to protect his own reputation by association.
After her marriage, Lydia is all but ostracized by her father and her sisters simply because she has the audacity not to be ashamed. Mr. Bennet, who sent the notoriously flirtatious Lydia to spend poorly supervised months with a bunch of soldiers in the first place, is content to publicly cut ties with his daughter and her husband solely out of spite. Her actions seem to be equally condemned by Austen—she and Mr. Wickham are acknowledged as a point of fact to be unhappy and unstable long term. Though Lizzie and Jane advocate for Lydia, arguing the disavowal would only hurt the family more, it is largely for the sake of their mother, who persists in loving Lydia, who (silly woman) is proud of her daughter, that she is allowed to return home at all.

“Lizzie is an excellent woman of her era, but she lives within the boundaries of her place in society and doesn’t expect more for herself or from others.”Lydia is oblivious and vain, obviously, but the small, selfish idiocies of teenagers are deserving of light mockery and forgiveness, not permanent condemnation. The youngest Bennet daughter’s girlish ridiculousness is timeless, but her mother’s decision not to ostracize her for her sexual misconduct—or even to acknowledge it as such—is quintessentially modern. It is a path few other Austen parents take.
That refusal to blame is not just kind but revolutionary. While the rest of her relations are prepared to mercifully tolerate Lydia’s marriage, her mother won’t do anything short of delight in it. As the first rule of polite society is never to insult someone to their face, the family has little choice but to publicly endorse her felicity. Despite Elizabeth’s private disgust that even after nearly destroying her future “Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless,” she refrains from demeaning their behavior. She goes so far as to make peace with Wickham, who she worthily hates, solely to avoid any hint of a straightforward confrontation within the family. Because Lizzie at her core is absolutely traditional, as are her values and her limitations. She speaks in subtleties designed to amuse her allies and confuse her targets, not to openly challenge. She is embarrassed by the shabbiness and flightiness of her relations and fears her association with them diminishes her worth. “Had her family made an agreement to expose themselves as much as they could during the evening,” she thinks to herself during the Netherfield ball, “it would have been impossible for them to play their parts with more spirit or finer success.”
Lizzie is an excellent woman of her era, but she lives within the boundaries of her place in society and doesn’t expect more for herself or from others. She succeeds in forging her path to happiness and prosperity, but it is a personal victory only, one that reinforces the oppressive system that she accepts without question.
The victories of her mother and sister are of a much more significant character. Though both behave in a way that is unacceptable according to the standards of their society, by simply refusing to care or notice these transgressions, they force those who do to go to extraordinary lengths to accommodate them. As much out of self-preservation as out of love, Lydia’s older sisters and their husbands spend the rest of their lives supporting her both financially and socially, frequently sending her money and hosting her in their mansions. Lydia has little regard for her own respectability, but as her status reflects on theirs, Jane and Lizzie must provide her with some of their own, and so Lydia continues to do exactly as she wants without ever sacrificing the comforts or pleasures she might have otherwise found.This youngest daughter is thus Mrs. Bennet’s true heir, doing always what she wants over what she should, and using shame as a tool rather than allowing it to control or diminish herself. It is a bold, a risky path that can only be trod by those with the bravery and confidence to believe themselves worthy without validation, to demand what they want from life rather than accepting every injustice as fate. These are values Lydia learned from her mother, values she will teach to her daughters, and it is their legacy, their radical impropriety, that shapes the future.

vantagetheatre@gmail.com luglio 26, 2020

A member of the Jane Austen Society Kent Branch, a few years back, wrote a P&P variation called Mrs Bennet’s Menopause, so Lucy Kate King was on to this years ago! It’s available on kindle if you’re interested :)

lj.fox1@yahoo.co.uk luglio 26, 2020

I wonder if I’m the only one who considers the appended statement absolute nonsense? I don’t read much in the way of “women’s literature” and I’m glad I don’t. Nobody ever told me that I was drying up, or wearing an invisibility cloak as Wilson says in her article; no one ever told me that I’d automatically get old, cross a Rubicon, or have “a deep sense of change within.” I never feel that “I have a permanently closer companionship with death”. Thanks to my ignorance, I’ve remained as vital and visible as ever, grateful for the near disappearance of migraine headaches and that awful black mood that descended on me once a month for days at a time.

“caught in the midst of their own reckless years, burning-up, drying-out, death-obsessed and wondering whether they will ever desire, or be desired again”.
ladylou luglio 26, 2020

@ladylou – Hear, hear! I had a partial hysterectomy at age 46 after years of once-a-month debilitating pain and the other various unpleasantness that accompanied it. I felt reborn afterward, certainly not as if I had a “permanently closer companionship with death.”

pswap57 luglio 26, 2020

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