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14 December 2009 @ 05:53 pm
A Truth Universally Acknowledged  
This book looks interesting (especially the more personal essays about Austen, including one by Amy Heckerling on why she turned Emma into Clueless), and I even put it on the Christmas list my mother asked me to make. But the title continues to be like nails on a blackboard:

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen, by Susannah Carson, ed.

(The book has its own website: http://whyjaneausten.com/book.html )

It's just so...obvious. And I was already complaining about this three years ago. I bet you all could come up with better, less cliched Austen titles without even thinking about it very hard.

(Besides which, if why we read Austen *were* already a truth universally acknowledged, then we wouldn't need the book, now would we?)

(It is possible that some of my annoyance is graduate student jealousy, since the editor is a doctoral candidate, and not even in English. I won't say it isn't. Why did no one call me for this job? It would have been awesome. *pout*)
Gileonnen: Fire-New Wordsgileonnen on December 14th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Psst. Two book recommendations that might spark something interesting for your research:

Carla Mazzio, The Inarticulate Renaissance
Frank Whigham, Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama
tempestsarekind: berowne [david tennant 2008]tempestsarekind on December 15th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thank you! I've been meaning to look at the Mazzio--just for fun; I hadn't thought that it might be useful *g*--but the other is new to me.
litlover12 on December 14th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
I've been lusting after that book ever since I saw it in B&N. Sorry you didn't get the editing job, though! I've felt that way about quite a few books myself.
tempestsarekind: regency house party [s&s]tempestsarekind on December 15th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
It does look like it will be a lot of fun to read. I just wish I knew how people wind up with projects like these; maybe my brain isn't shaped the right way, because it's unlikely it would have occurred to me to put together such a collection, or that I'd be able to pitch it to publishers in a successful way!
the_merope on December 15th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Damn, you're spot on about the title--it's maddening. I agree; you would have been a fantastic choice for editor. Do they choose randomly? I mean, was it a nomination, or did the person apply for the job, do you think (or know)? If it's a question of application, how would she have known they needed someone, with her credentials?
tempestsarekind: austen bonnetstempestsarekind on December 15th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. I think it's the credentials part that has me the most confused: I could imagine a scenario in which a doctoral candidate in, say, eighteenth- or nineteenth-century English literature might know people, or get approached by people, in a way that would lead to this book. But--French? I'm puzzled as to how that came about.