Category Archives: film

A Closer Look at “The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.” by William Makepeace Thackeray

 I have debated whether this post should be a review of the book The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. by William Makepeace Thackeray or a review of the Stanley Kubrick movie Barry Lyndon or something in between. In truth, I was … Continue reading

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Did Queen Victoria Marry John Brown?

  Have you seen the film Victoria and Abdul? It started me thinking more on the “supposed” relationship between Queen Victoria and her Scottish servant John Brown. (By the way, this relationship has also been explored in film. Again the … Continue reading

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My Memories of the Marshall University Plane Crash

This is not a post based on Jane Austen and her writing or on the Regency Period in England as you would customarily find on my blog. Rather it is a a moment in time when I stood witness to … Continue reading

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People of Colour in Jane Austen’s Time, a Guest Post from Catherine Bilson

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ Blog on 18 July 2019. Enjoy!  [Last week], Twitter blew up when some more casting for the Bridgerton series was announced and – shock, horror! – not all of the actors were … Continue reading

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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” – The Employment of Filmic Devices to Tell a Story in Austen Adaptations

 Often in the visual representations of Jane Austen’s works, the media employs props or artifacts as visual cues to Austen’s themes of flawed impressions, misconceptions, and false interpretations. For example, in Austen’s Emma, Harriet’s sketch serves as a means to … Continue reading

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The Cambridge Five: “We need people who could penetrate into the bourgeois institutions. Penetrate them for us!”

 If you are a great lover of all things British, as am I, you are likely familiar with the BBC2 mini-series, Cambridge Spies. It starred four of my personal favorites: Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry Jones, Tom Hollander, and Samuel West. … Continue reading

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“Prejudice” Is Not So Predominant in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” as One Might Think

Most who have read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” assume that Mr. Darcy is the l character and Elizabeth is the one displaying prejudice. However, from the examples below, you will see that is not completely true.  We encounter Austen’s … Continue reading

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