Austen, Austen, Everywhere


We went to the bookstore this evening to pick up Throne of Jade. While I was browsing the 3 for 2 tables, I noticed no fewer that 4 Austen-themed new major novels. In addition, there is the mystery series (is it Stephanie Barron?) staring Ms. Austen herself, and a new mystery with the 19th Century's answer to Nick and Nora, you guessed it. . .

What brave new world is this? What form of Austen zeitgeist has invaded the collective unconscious? Do we approach an anniversary? Or are we seeing a nostalgic bloom of longing for novels that had characters, dialogue, plot, and wit? Is this the postmodernist bust, which has been too long in coming? "Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."

Bookmark and Share



About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Steven Riddle published on April 28, 2006 8:27 PM.

Dylan's Return? was the previous entry in this blog.

T.S.Eliot's Riff on St. John of the Cross is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

My Blogroll