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Eighteenth-century literature, Women's literature

Recent Publication

Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen, Bucknell University Press, 2017.harris satire celebrity austen

Harris's impressive new book, Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen (2017), builds on the work of her pioneering 1989 study, deepening our sense of what Austen may have been up to in crafting her novels.... For readers willing to engage with the possible, and to consider links that do not, at first glance, seem probable, Harris's well-written, deeply researched, and timely book has a great deal to offer.... The tour de force sections of the book are certainly the sections on Sara Baartman (the 'Hottentot Venus'), the Duke of Clarence, issues of race, abolition, and slavery, and Mansfield Park and Sanditon.... For years to come, readers and critics will be weighing the massive number of new insights in this book, troubling through their implications for our future readings of Austen, politics, history, and popular culture.
Devoney Looser, The Review of English Studies
The book aims to expand our ideas of the nature and bounds of the society Austen knew. The web of acquaintance, coincidence and proximity conjured by Harris is a marvel, and the surprising juxtapositions it produces will certainly inspire fresh thinking about the novels.
E. J. Clery, Times Literary Supplement

Jocelyn Harris and other Jane Austen scholars and devotees share what they love about Austen and her works in this short video (11:56mins), filmed at the Jane Austen Society of North American 2015 AGM (produced by Gina Heath King, copyright 2015 Curly Tail Productions, LLC).


Harris, J. (2020). What Jane saw-in Henrietta Street. In A. Battigelli (Ed.), Art and artifact in Austen. (pp. 224-238). Newark, NJ: University of Delaware Press.

Anstey, P., & Harris, J. (2012). Introduction: Women, philosophy and literature in the early modern period. Intellectual History Review, 22(3), 323-325. doi: 10.1080/17496977.2012.695167

Harris, J. (2011). Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park. In E. Copeland & J. McMaster (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to Jane Austen. (2nd ed.) (pp. 39-54). Cambridge University Press.

Harris, J. (2011). Clarissa's painter: Portraiture, illustration, and representation in the novels of Samuel Richardson. Times Literary Supplement, (25 February), 23.

Harris, J. (2010). [Review of the book Jane Austen's ″The History of England″ & Cassandra's portraits]. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 23(2), 451-454.

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