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Category Archives: Jane Austen


Highbrow vs Lowbrow: Hannah Kent defends Highbrow Literature

I understand why many people have a problem with highbrow literature. ‘Intellectual snobbery’ is a common accusation, as though the reason people read and write the stuff is solely to intimidate their dinner guests. ‘Highbrow literature is for wankers,’ I hear them say. Well, ladies and gentlemen, so is Fifty Shades of Grey. Read more »

Reviving the literary dead

Resurrecting the work of dead writers has become a weirdly meta subgenre of genre fiction. More recently, however, the art of the literary revival – either as a one-off or as a series continuation – seems more common. Read more »

Fictional friends: ‘losing yourself’ in characters

If I’m being honest, a recent study concluding that ‘losing yourself’ in a fictional character can directly affect your behaviour is not news to me. Researchers at Ohio State University have defined the phenomenon as ‘experience-taking’. I have been experience-taking for years. As a lifelong bookworm, television … Read more »

Girl guides: five fictional female bookworms

In our list series, ‘Gang of Five’, we make a list of five things related to … whatever we like. Here’s KYD Online Intern, Stephanie Van Schilt, with five of her favourite fictional female bookworms. While reminiscing about lunchtimes spent in my school library or burying my … Read more »

Review: A plot thickened? Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot

It has been a long wait between books for fans of Jeffrey Eugenides: his door-stopper of a novel Middlesex won the Pulitzer Prize back in 2002. However, readers hoping for a similar multi-generational epic will be surprised by The Marriage Plot. Middlesex was a clever queering of … Read more »

Review: A plot thickened? Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot

It has been a long wait between books for fans of Jeffrey Eugenides: his door-stopper of a novel Middlesex won the Pulitzer Prize back in 2002. However, readers hoping for a similar multi-generational epic will be surprised by The Marriage Plot. Middlesex was a clever queering of … Read more »