Chapter 42. Austenian Subcultures

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Mary Ann O'Farrell Associate Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch42

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

O'Farrell, M. A. (2009) Austenian Subcultures, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch42

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Austenian subcultures;
  • Katherine Mansfield's famous 1920 remark about the admiring reader's response to Austen's novels - my own response as reader has resonated with Mansfield's outline of a fantasized friendship with Austen;
  • Karen Joy Fowler's novel The Jane Austen Book Club (2004) - cannot resist invoking possessiveness at its start;
  • Austenian subcultures, and the individuals constituting them - will engage variously the rigors and the comforts of an Austen-inspired sociability;
  • ability to tolerate others' private Austens – perhaps the eagerness of an Austen of one's own to be in company or to hold her ground among or against others' Austens;
  • The Austen YouTube subculture is a subculture by implication, outlined in the overlappings and borrowings - the answers and echoes of videos alongside one another


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading