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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! 
— Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's Women

An Introduction

From SUNY website:


An original critical introduction to women characters in the novels of Jane Austen.

Why does Jane Austen “mania” continue unabated in a postmodern world? How does the brilliant Regency novelist speak so personally to today’s women that they view her as their best friend? Jane Austen’s Women answers these questions by exploring Austen’s affirming yet challenging vision of both who her dynamic female characters are, and who they become. This important new work analyzes the heroines’ relationships to body, mind, spirit, environment, and society. It reveals how, despite a restrictive patriarchal culture, these women achieve greatness. In clear, lively prose, Kathleen Anderson shares original theoretical insights from twenty years of studying Austen, and illuminates the novels as guidebooks on how to become an Austenian heroine in one’s everyday life. This engaging book will appeal to a broad readership: the serious student, the general lit-lover, and the Austen neophyte alike.


Published by State University of New York Press, 2018

Jane Austen’s Women examines aspects of Austen’s female characters in new ways.


Anderson thoroughly and competently sifts through the many meanings of ‘womanhood’ in Austen’s time and, directly or by implication, in our own. It was a pleasure to read this delightful analysis accompanied by illuminating references to our own contemporary culture.


—Susan Ostrov Weisser, author of The Glass Slipper: Women and Love Stories

Jane Austen’s Women hits the sweet spot between delightful critical introduction and inspiring guidebook for how to live out Austen’s vision of what Kathleen Anderson calls "the heroinism of everyday life." 


Her discerning close readings of female bodies, emotions, intelligence, work, and love combine lucid interpretation with strong insight. This book will prompt readers of Austen, whether seasoned or beginning, to return to Austen’s novels with vital questions and renewed energy.


—Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen

With thanks to my PBA alumni assistants: Katie Barriga, C. Dale Girardi Shaw, Kelsey Satalino, and Christopher Jensen.

Jane Austens Women
Guide to Thrift

Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift

An Independent Woman's Advice on Living Within One's Means

A work of nonfiction that celebrates economical, ethical living and community values through the lens of Jane Austen’s characters and ideals.

About my co-author 

Dr. Susan E. Jones is the Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and a Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, as well as a brilliant academic, award-winning educator, and wonderful mentor and friend.  

Published by Berkley Books, 2013


The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen

Book Chapter: "Jane Austen Likes Women: Self-Worth, Self-Care, and Heroic Self-Sacrifice"

Austen portrays heroines who like and nurture themselves, but pays them the compliment of expecting more--they assert a heroic decorum that manifests a distinctly feminine form of greatness.   

Published by Routledge, 2021 

Routledge Companio
Unrooted Childhoods

Unrooted Childhoods

Memoirs of Growing Up Global

Book chapter: "A Minnesota Girl in the Holy Land"

The story of my transformative year of immersion in the intensely beautiful Palestinian culture. 

Published by Nicholas Brealey, 2004

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