How ‘I Do’ Became Performance Art—Megan Garber traces how the American wedding theatrical complex was born, with the help of a massive coffee table book, 30 years ago.
Colin Firth’s Shirt: Jane Austen and the Rise of the Female Gaze—Megan Garber shows how the novelist’s writing fits perfectly into the culture of the moment.
‘On the Wrong Side of Five-and-Thirty’: How Jane Austen Grew Up—Matt Thompson looks at how the novelist portrayed age in her books, from writing a draft of Sense and Sensibility as a teen to being the age of the older characters she mocked by the time it was published.
Jane Austen and the Redemption of Gawkiness—Rosa Inocencio Smith explores the writer’s soft spot for awkward talkers and stumbling lovers, which provided relief to her growing up as a shy person.
Making Peace With Jane Austen’s Marriage Plots—Sophie Gilbert dives into how the writer’s work has done more than any other author’s to influence what “happily ever after” means in culture.
Queering the Work of Jane Austen Is Nothing New—Devoney Looser unfurls the history of performers and writers who’ve been subverting the novelist’s reputation as the go-to author for heterosexual love since the Victorian era.