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Julia Golding, author and a Jane Austen fan, is joined by Zoe Wheddon, teacher, researcher and writer, to discuss early nineteenth perspectives on issues in modern life through the lens of the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen. Perfect for fans of Jane Austen or anyone wanting to take a little break from the twenty-first century.

Julia Golding, author and a Jane Austen fan, is joined by Zoe Wheddon, teacher, researcher and writer, to discuss early nineteenth perspectives on issues in modern life through the lens of the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen. Perfect for fans of Jane Austen or anyone wanting to take a little break from the twenty-first century.

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United States

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Julia Golding, author and a Jane Austen fan, is joined by Zoe Wheddon, teacher, researcher and writer, to discuss early nineteenth perspectives on issues in modern life through the lens of the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen. Perfect for fans of Jane Austen or anyone wanting to take a little break from the twenty-first century.

Language:

English


Episodes

Season 2 Episode 3 Jane Austen and Sex (the Bridgerton episode!)

1/23/2021
*Contains mature content* In this episode, inspired by the Netflix series, Bridgerton, we discuss Jane Austen and sex. What did Jane know about it? What role does it play in her novels? Then we widen the discussion to look at the Georgian world on such matters as contraception, pornography and prostitution. We then discuss Bridgerton - the successes and failures in the series, talk a little about what might be in series 2, and round off with our Darcy and Wickham of the week and Jane Austen...

Duration:00:50:54

Season 2 Episode 2 Jane Austen and Christmas

12/16/2020
Julia Golding and Zoe Wheddon discuss what would Jane do at Christmas. Find out about Regency traditions, turkeys, snapdragons and much more. We also award our Lizzie and Lady Catherine of the week and catch up on Jane Austen news in an episode recorded on her birthday. For details of the books recommended, here is a list: Jane Austen's Christmas by Maria Hubert, AJane Austen Christmas by Carlo DeVito and Regency Christmas Traditions, Jane Austen Christmas by Maria Grace and also of note is...

Duration:00:29:12

Season 2 Episode 1 Jane Austen and the pandemic

11/21/2020
For the second season of What would Jane do? The author and original host, Julia Golding, is joined by Zoe Wheddon, teacher, researcher and writer. They discuss how Jane and her characters would respond to a pandemic, the nature of illness in the early nineteenth century and what treatments were available. Stick around to hear who is this week's Darcy (hooray!) and this week's Wickham (boo!), Jane Austen news and what we will be watching.

Duration:00:39:25

Ep 7 - Jane Austen and the Theatre (with Dr David Taylor)

7/3/2019
Ever wanted to time travel back to the theatre in Jane Austen's time? Find out in this podcast with world expert, Dr David Taylor of St Hugh's College, Oxford, what Jane Austen would have seen when she entered a theatre in the 1790s. Who was there and what did it look like? What plays were on offer? Which writers inspired her? Were there special effects and what were they like? Turning from this, we go on to discuss the influence on her work, particularly looking at Northanger Abbey and...

Duration:00:22:04

Ep 6 - Caricature and Political Satire with Dr David Taylor

6/26/2019
What surprising room might Mr Darcy and guests retire to after dinner? What exactly was Admiral Croft looking at in the shop window in Bath? Where did Jane and Cassandra get their ideas from for their youthful collaboration on The History of England? You can find out the answers to these questions and much more when you listen to Dr David Taylor, St Hugh's College, Oxford, and expert on the political cartoon culture in Jane Austen's era. He can also tell you about how Austen's work has...

Duration:00:19:36

Ep 5 - On location at Chawton

6/17/2019
A very special episode recorded on location at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton. Listen to Julia Golding in conversation with the museum director, Mary Guyatt and find out how Jane's last home became a museum open to the public. What was daily life like in this home for Jane, her mother and her sister Cassandra? Who made the breakfast and dealt with the tea? What objects in the house feature in her novels? What do visitors learn by coming here that they can't get from books or...

Duration:00:20:34

Ep 4 - Super Heroes

5/27/2019
Marvel or DC universe? Iron Man or Batman? Wonder Woman or Black Panther? Our cinema culture has for over a decade been dominated by our love of super heroes. Julia Golding explores how each era makes the heroes suited for its own day. She goes back to the novelists writing before Jane Austen to look at the big rivalry: Richardson Universe v Fielding Universe. Following their negotiation about the nature of the hero, Austen picks this up when she explores what it means to be a heroine in her...

Duration:00:26:58

Ep 3 - Gender Identity

5/18/2019
Questions about gender identity may seem to be characteristic of our time, but others have gone before us in challenging societal roles. From Harriet Freke in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda (1801) to the real life Chevalier d'Eon, men and women have been pushing the boundaries of what it means to be male and female. Where does Jane Austen come in this debate? How would she negotiate current questions about how we engage with our gendered social roles? We go from Lady Susan to Persuasion in our...

Duration:00:18:48

Ep 2 - Jane Austen v Game of Thrones

5/10/2019
Are you a GoT fan and/or a Jane Austen one? Can you describe GoT and Jane Austen in 3 little words? Take the challenge and find out what would Jane Austen have made of the cult TV hit. Going back in time for an early nineteenth century perspective, Julia Golding takes a tour of the gothic in fiction and fact, touching on the scandalous hit of the 1790s, The Monk, and the gothic-lite of Ann Radcliffe. Next stop is Lord Byron and his GoT-worthy life. And what would a mash-up of Austen and...

Duration:00:19:52

Ep 1 - Social Media

5/4/2019
Julia Golding turns to Jane Austen for help with understanding how to handle social media. She first takes a look at the world of eighteenth century society, the networking via letters, and the public disasters that can fall in such a gossipy world. What can we learn today about keeping a balance between our private and public selves and who is handling it in our times with a discretion Jane Austen would've appreciated? Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out!

Duration:00:19:04