Johns Hopkins University Press has wished Jane Austin Happy Birthday on her 239th birthday. John Hopkins University Press authors will be curating a exhibit in 2016 dedicated to the cult of celebrity surrounding Jane Austin and William Shakespeare.
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. Today, on her 239th birthday, Austen’s life and work continue to attract enormous world-wide interest. In 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library will host an exhibition called Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity, exploring how these writers became literary superheroes. The exhibition will be co-curated by JHU Press authors Janine Barchas (Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity) and Kristina Straub (Domestic Affairs: Intimacy, Eroticism, and Violence between Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-Century Britain). Congratulations, Janine and Kristina: we’ll see you at the Folger! For now: Happy birthday, Jane!
“Will & Jane” artwork by Amanda Vela