Jane Austen, Sex, and Romance
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272 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

25 b/w illus.

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Jane Austen, Sex, and Romance

Engaging with Desire in the Novels and Beyond

Edited by Nora Nachumi and Stephanie Oppenheim

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The first of its kind, this collection brings together writers from diverse academic and nonacademic worlds to explore how Austen's readers experience and process her novels' erotic power.
Are Jane Austen's novels sexy? For many Austen lovers, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" From the moment Colin Firth stripped down to his breeches and shirt in the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice, screen adaptations inspired by Austen's novels have banked on their ability to depict sexual tension and romantic desire. Meanwhile, the success of spin-offs, sequels, and elaborations confirms that Austen's novels have become a potent aphrodisiac for everyday readers. Clearly, the fourteen million viewers who watched Firth's unveiling were onto something: Austen's novels turn people on.

Jane Austen, Sex, and Romance: Engaging with Desire in the Novels and Beyond brings together a range of voices-from literary scholars to video game designers-to explore how different types of readers experience the realm of desire and the erotic in all things Austen. In this timely collection, writers, critics, journalists, and authors of internet content weigh in on sex and romance in Austen's works and in the conversations and creations the novels inspire-from sequels to critical analyses to online role-playing games. Contributors examine what is at stake for each set of Austen enthusiasts when Eros is added to the equation, in so doing building on the long tradition of Austen criticism and enriching our appreciation of the novels.
Acknowledgments
Nora Nachumi and Stephanie Oppenheim, Introduction
Part I: The Novels
1. Mary Ann O'Farrell, "Austen's Teasing, or What the Wit Wants"
2. Jade Higa, "Performing (Dis)comfort: Queer Possibilities in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
3. Christien Garcia, "Taking Hands: The Fisting Phantasmic in Sense and Sensibility"
Part II: Austen Fan Culture and Austenesque Fiction
4. Marilyn Francus, "Always Wanting More: Desire and Austen Fan Fiction"
5. Maria Clara Pivato Biajoli, "Unconquerable Attraction: Darcy and Elizabeth's Falling in Love in Austenesque Novels"
6. Stephanie Oppenheim, "What's Hidden in Highbury?"
7. Diana Birchall, "Passion and Pastiche"
Part III: Austen on Stage, on Screen, and Online
8. Nora Nachumi, "In Search of Colin Firth's Bum"
9. Rachel Brownstein, "Jane Again"
10.Elaine McGirr, "Touching Scenes: Austen, Intimacy and Staging Lovers' Vows"
11.Judy Tyrer, "Jane's Player's: Sex and Romance in the Virtual World of Jane Austen"
12.Margaret Dunlap, "To YouTube from Gretna Green: Updating Lydia Bennet for the Digital Age"
Part IV: Austen in Conversations and Contexts
13. Devoney Looser, "Erotic Austen"
14. Laura Engel, "The Shadow Jane"
15. Deborah Knuth Klenck and Ted Scheinman, "In Bed with Mr. Knightly: How Austen and Her Readers Understand Sexual Compatibility"
Juliette Wells, "Afterword: Sex, Romance, and Representation in Uzma Jalaluddin's Ayesha at Last"
Notes on Contributors
Index

NORA NACHUMI is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the minor in Women's Studies at Stern College for Women/Yeshiva University.

STEPHANIE M. OPPENHEIM is Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

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Title Details

272 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

25 b/w illus.

Imprint: University of Rochester Press