Book Recommendation - At Home in the World

Yesterday we had a wonderful program at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System with Princeton Professors Maria DiBattista and Deborah Nord authors of At Home in the World.  

I personally haven't read it, but I'm told that it is a great book and will grow your To Be Read list!

Title: At Home in the World: 
Women Writers and Public Life, 
from Austen to the Present
Authors: Maria DiBattista and Deborah Hord

Synopsis: In a bold and sweeping reevaluation of the past two centuries of women's writing, At Home in the World argues that this body of work has been defined less by domestic concerns than by an active engagement with the most pressing issues of public life: from class and religious divisions, slavery, warfare, and labor unrest to democracy, tyranny, globalism, and the clash of cultures. In this new literary history, Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord contend that even the most seemingly traditional works by British, American, and other English-language women writers redefine the domestic sphere in ways that incorporate the concerns of public life, allowing characters and authors alike to forge new, emancipatory narratives.

The book explores works by a wide range of writers, including canonical figures such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Harriet Jacobs, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, and Toni Morrison; neglected or marginalized writers like Mary Antin, Tess Slesinger, and Martha Gellhorn; and recent and contemporary figures, including Nadine Gordimer, Anita Desai, Edwidge Danticat, and Jhumpa Lahiri. DiBattista and Nord show how these writers dramatize tensions between home and the wider world through recurrent themes of sailing forth, escape, exploration, dissent, and emigration. Throughout, the book uncovers the undervalued public concerns of women writers who ventured into ever-wider geographical, cultural, and political territories, forging new definitions of what it means to create a home in the world.

The result is an enlightening reinterpretation of women's writing from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

Review from Publisher's Weekly
Review from Queensland Reviewers Collective


Jane Sighting!

Jane Austen made a few appearances this week on Jeopardy.

I took a short video of the one appearance.



Book Recommendation - Manga Classics: Emma

Author: Jane Austen
Story Adaptation: Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan
Art: Ps Tse

Synopsis: Just in time for the 200th Anniversary, Manga Classics: Emma brings Jane Austen's classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful, new manga adaptation. The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice). - Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.

Review:  You can read a great review over at Excessively Diverting - All Jane Austen (and sometimes the Brontes)