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Lona Manning’s guide to Researching on the Cheap!

Lona Manning’s guide to Researching on the Cheap!

April 1, 2019

Lona Manning’s guide to Researching on the Cheap!  

Prepared 3/31/2019 by Lona Manning, author of A Contrary Wind and A Marriage of Attachment

Your search might start at Wikipedia or Amazon to develop leads for books and articles.

To get books you need, speak to your friendly local librarian. If your library system doesn’t have it, they might be able to get an inter-library loan. Or go to your library’s website and suggest the book for purchase—they might do it. Librarians are great!

Google Books (and Project Gutenberg) also carry thousands of out-of-copyright books. You might find an older book written about the topic you’re searching on, plus you can find novels written by Austen’s contemporaries, and books that she read and enjoyed.

Even books that are give limited previews on Google Books can be searched if you type in the key words you need.

 

Avoiding anachronisms:

A fun book: Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn     https://amzn.to/2HEgkVi

 

Geography:  

Can your heroine travel from Bath to London in an afternoon? I have never been to London. But nobody has been to Regency London. Use Google maps to work out how long it would take someone to walk from A to B.

“Layers of London” map   https://www.layersoflondon.org/map

Map of London – excellent resource:  http://mapco.net/darton1817/darton.htm

 

Some of Lona's favourite knowledgeable history bloggers:

https://www.regencyhistory.net/

https://penandpension.com/

https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/

 

Austen’s language

Did Austen use the word “smithereens”?  Check with the online Austen thesaurus:

http://www.writelikeausten.com/

Did anyone use the phrase “check it out” in Regency times? Use the Google Ngram:

https://bit.ly/2TvgPCx

Do you know that Jane Austen used litotes, antithesis, asyndeton, and understatement? Check out this amazing Handbook of Rhetorical Devices: https://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric2.htm

Ep 36: Writing Jane Austen Fan Fiction with Lona Manning

Ep 36: Writing Jane Austen Fan Fiction with Lona Manning

March 31, 2019

Dear First Impressioners, have you ever been curious about the wide world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF), and the writers that publish it? In this special episode, our friend Lona Manning joins us to discuss her experience writing and publishing her JAFF novels and stories! Be ready for some intriguing insights, from how historical fiction authors research details about Regency life, to tips for mastering Austenesque language and grammar. Kristin and Lona also discuss what to expect from the writing life, and why everyone should give writing fiction a try!

See Lona's tips for researching and Austen's language in this Google Doc!

Ep 35: The Making of Jane Austen Book Review

Ep 35: The Making of Jane Austen Book Review

February 24, 2019

Hello First Impressions fans! We're excited to present our book review of The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser! In her highly entertaining, amazingly informative and exhaustively researched work, Dr. Looser discusses how our view of Austen has evolved over two centuries, from kindly "Aunt Jane," to conservative darling, to feisty suffragette. Told through cultural artifacts such as books, plays, movies, banners, letters, and even the odd séance or two, Looser's work is an entertaining dive into the rich world of Austen reception studies. You'll be amazed at how many afterlives our beloved Jane has lived.

Ep 34: Clueless (and A Lot of Other Stuff) with Special Guest Ellie

Ep 34: Clueless (and A Lot of Other Stuff) with Special Guest Ellie

January 16, 2019

Hello gentle listeners! We're excited to welcome our second FI fan and Clueless aficianado, Ellie, onto the podcast! Join us for a freewheeling discussion about Clueless and its impact on pop culture and subsequent Austen adaptations. We touch on lots of fun details about the movie, including a discussion of the book As If: The Oral History of Clueless by Jen Cheney. There is also quite a long tangent about Persuasion, for which Kristin takes full responsibility!

Ep 33: Clueless with Special Guest Tash

Ep 33: Clueless with Special Guest Tash

December 17, 2018

Listeners, we're so excited to put out our first of two Clueless episodes! This episode stars longtime listener Tash from Sydney, an Austen scholar who helps to illuminate the brilliance of Clueless as a high-value, highly entertaining adaptation of Austen's beloved novel, Emma. Listen to learn about how Cher interacts with gender and the patriarchy (as if!), why 90s society in wealthy Los Angeles is a great substitute for Regency England, and why "you're a virgin who can't drive" is the ultimate Emma diss!

Ep 32: Movie Review: Mansfield Park 2007 (Billie Piper)

Ep 32: Movie Review: Mansfield Park 2007 (Billie Piper)

October 21, 2018

Gentle listeners, rejoice! We're reviewing another Austen movie adaptation, this one the 2007 ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park, starring Billie Piper as Fanny Price. Listen as we discuss Fanny's spunky badminton chops, Haley Atwell's winsome take on Mary Crawford, and Edmund's incomprehensibly strange bangs. To nobody's surprise, Kristin didn't like it. Credits for the movie can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847182/

Ep 31: Part 2 of What Matters in Jane Austen - Book Review

Ep 31: Part 2 of What Matters in Jane Austen - Book Review

August 19, 2018

We're back with our second (and final) episode on John Mullan's book, What Matters in Jane Austen: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved! This time, Maggie and Kristin tackle the subjects "Did Sisters Sleep Together?" and "What Games Did the Characters Play?" Get ready from some surprising insights that stem from these basic questions, as we plumb the depths of sisterly relationships in Austen's work, and revisit one of the famous set pieces in Mansfield Park: the game of Speculation.

Ep 30: Book Discussion: What Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan

Ep 30: Book Discussion: What Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan

July 17, 2018

First Impressions fans! We're SO EXCITED to release our discussion of the brilliant book, What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan. This book is full of surprising connections, fascinating analysis, and deep insight into Austen's life and works. In this episode we dig into two specific chapters of the book, focusing in on the topics of "sex" and "death" in Austen's work to produce our most metal podcast ever! (And you'll have to forgive the several wedding-related digressions.)

Ep 29: Part 4 of Movie Commentary for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

Ep 29: Part 4 of Movie Commentary for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

July 8, 2018

Hi First Impressions fans! We know you're all waiting with bated breath for our next major episode, but in the meantime, here's the fourth installment of our movie commentary series for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries to tide you over. Keep your eye out for our next episode on What Matters in Jane Austen, by John Mullan, which will be coming in the next few weeks!

Ep 28: Movie Commentary Part 3 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

Ep 28: Movie Commentary Part 3 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

May 4, 2018

Gentle listeners, rejoice! Maggie and Kristin are reunited once more, this time broadcasting from beautiful Boise, ID, where we tackle the thrilling third episode of the 1995 miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. This is a movie commentary track, so you can listen while watching the movie, or simply just follow along while doing all those boring data entry tasks at work, or folding that pile of laundry!