Chapter 41. Jane Austen and Popular Culture

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Judy Simons Professor Pro-Vice-Chancellor Chair

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch41

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Simons, J. (2009) Jane Austen and Popular Culture, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch41

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Jane Austen and Popular Culture;
  • Austen's novels fueled by contemporary debates about taste and literary value linked artistic preference to moral judgment;
  • Austen's concern with literary categorization emerging in different ways in virtually all her writings;
  • growth of a literate population coinciding with Austen's formative years as an artist;
  • coexistent with Austen's parody - the conviction that popular literature is a genus to be taken seriously


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading