Persuasions No. 35

Persuasions 35 was mailed to all JASNA members on May 14 and should be arriving in approximately two weeks.  An ebook version of the journal will also be available for download soon.

This new issue contains seven essays from the 2013 AGM in Minneapolis, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice . . . Timeless.  Deborah Knuth Klenck explores her own changing understanding of the novel and the fluctuations of her attitudes toward its central characters.  John Mullan considers the silences in the novel, from characters whose speech we do not hear and from characters who, significantly, refrain from speech.  Joan Klingel Ray challenges the truth universally acknowledged that Elizabeth Bennet is a delightful heroine.  Linda Slothouber, Sheryl Craig, and Janine Barchas look to the north of England to understand Bingley and Darcy.  And Sayre Greenfield tracks the word “condescension” from Mr. Collins back through its usages in books and newspapers of the period.

The Miscellany offers a true mixture of delights.  Karenleigh A. Overmann provides an account of madness, both real and literary, that ranges from members of Jane Austen”s family, to her king, to her novels.  Stuart Bennett’s archival research brings a new understanding of the connection between Henry Austen’s banking business and the careers of the naval brothers.  Theresa Kenney wonders why Edward Ferrars doesn’t dance—and finds herself at the heart of Sense and Sensibility.  And Peter W. Graham considers what two fascinating heroes, Byron’s Childe Harold and Austen’s Mr. Darcy, have in common.  Laura Vorachek and Stephanie Howard-Smith turn our attention to Mansfield Park—to Speculation and to Pug, respectively.  Shipwreck and Providence in Persuasion are the themes of essays by Toby R. Benis and Kathryn Davis.  Carolyn J. Brown discovers a note from Eudora Welty that sheds more light on her admiration for and debt to Jane Austen.  Elizabeth Veisz and Sally B. Palmer focus on adaptations of Austen, examining works that follow the character of Lydia Bennet and the BBC’s Downton Abbey.

If your appetite has been whetted and your copy of Persuasions 35 has not yet arrived in the mail, you can look back at December’s Persuasions On-Line, which features essays on Pride and Prejudice and a rich Miscellany of its own.


The estate of the Fitzwilliam, D’Arcy, Wentworth, Woodhouse, and Watson families.
from the essay by Janine Barchas in Persuasions No. 35