Apply for our teacher scholarships now!

Attention, all middle school and high school teachers. We’re please to announce that scholarship applications are now available for our 2018 Jane Austen Summer Program: “Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror.”

The program offers 30 contact hours for 3 CEU credits. K-12 teachers receive a discounted tuition of $275 per person (regular tuition is $495 per person). The tuition covers all seminars, panels, lectures, and small group discussions, a tote bag, dance lessons, a rare book tour at UNC’s Wilson Library, one ticket to the Regency theatricals, and one ticket to the Regency Masquerade Ball, as well as a daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, a welcome banquet, and light refreshments at the Ball.

And here’s some big news: This year two additional scholarships — made possible by a generous donation from Oxford University Press — are available to current middle school or high school teachers from any U.S. state. Scholarships cover the full tuition fee; free housing at the home of a local attendee will also be provided for scholarship winners, subject to availability.

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 12 and the winners will be announced by April 16.

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Four podcasts (plus a radio program and an audio drama) for fans of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley

Podcasts and other audio presentations on a wealth of topics are extremely popular these days. Here’s a look at a few related to Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and their works.

The podcast “Bonnets at Dawn” pits Lauren Burke, a fan of the Brontes, against her friend, Hannah K Chapman, who loves Austen. The two square off weekly about different aspects of the authors and their works (with side episodes on works by other authors, such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s “North & South”). The women aim to produce a tie-in book to the podcast. Check out Episodes 13 and 14, in which they debate “Northanger Abbey” vs. “Jane Eyre,” and Episode 17, when Burke visits Bath.

Converging Cultures” explores the intersection of science and the arts. The Sept. 11, 2017, episode centers on Shelley, electricity and the “Age of Wonder.” How much scientific knowledge did Shelley have?

Each season on her podcast, “You Must Remember This,” Karina Longworth recounts real-life stories of Old Hollywood. This season she spotlights Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, the kings of Universal’s classic monster movies. Check out Episode 4, which gives listeners a peek behind the scenes of Karloff’s 1931 turn in “Frankenstein.”

The New Statesman’s “Hidden Histories” podcast produced a series last year on women writers before Jane Austen. Namechecked in the series: Mary Wollstonecraft and Fanny Burney. In Episode 5, the hosts debate who is the greatest writer of the 18th century.

And BBC Radio 4 presents a look at Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in the audio program “Frankenstein Lives!” presented by British cultural historian and writer Christopher Frayling.

The above podcasts are free, but if you’re willing to pay, a new audio adaptation of “Northanger Abbey” was released last year. Narrated with humor by the fantastic-as-always Emma Thompson, the recording also includes the voices of Douglas Booth (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) and Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark,” “Death at Pemberley”).

Find links, photos and friends on our Jane Austen Summer Program page on Facebook — and follow @JASPhotline on Twitter and @janeaustensummer on Instagram!

‘Northanger Abbey’: What’s on Isabella and Catherine’s reading list?

“Dear creature! How much I am obliged to you; and when you have finished Udolpho, we will read the Italian together; and I have made out a list of ten or twelve more of the same kind for you.”

“Have you, indeed! How glad I am! What are they all?”

“I will read you their names directly; here they are, in my pocketbook. Castle of Wolfenbach, Clermont, Mysterious Warnings, Necromancer of the Black Forest, Midnight Bell, Orphan of the Rhine, and Horrid Mysteries. Those will last us some time.”

“Yes, pretty well; but are they all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid?”

“Northanger Abbey’s” Catherine and Isabella formed a veritable book club, bonding over “horrid” books. What are these books about? (Bonus: Some of these are available free online!)

The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794): In Ann Radcliffe’s classic novel, Emily St. Aubert falls for Valencourt, a mysterious handsome stranger. But she is forced to live with her aunt and hard-hearted uncle in her uncle’s gloomy castle — and must stave off the efforts of an brigand who aims to make her his own.

The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents (1797):  Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic romance — the last of her novels published in her lifetime — centers on two lovers, Vincentio di Vivaldi and Elena di Rosalba, who find their love tested when an evil monk (yes, evil) is hired by Vincentio’s mother to tear them apart.  The monk, Schedoni, will go to any lengths to break up the lovers. Professor Nick Groom, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of  “The Italian”, says the novel is “one of the most suspenseful novels written in English.”

The Castle of Wolfenbach (1793): Eliza Parson’s tale follows Matilda, a young woman who runs away after her uncle attacks her. She finds herself at the Castle of Wolfenbach, where she discovers the Countess, who has been held hostage by her husband for 19 years.

Clermont (1798):  In Regina Maria Roche’s novel, innocent heroine Madeline lives a secluded life with her father, Clermont. When Madeline goes to live with a rich Countess to receive an education, a stranger offers her a choice: Marry him, or her father’s mysterious past is revealed. Roche also wrote “The Children of the Abbey” — a title that may sound familiar: Harriet namechecks it in “Emma.”

The Mysterious Warning (1796): Eliza Parson’s story features some familiar tropes: The disinherited Ferdinand hears a voice warning him to leave his brother and his wife. Later he comes upon a haunted castle, is kidnapped and meets femme fatale Fatima — all before he returns home to uncover the secret between his brother and his wife.

The Necromancer; or, The Tale of the Black Forest (1794): Karl Friedrich Kahlert wrote this collection of lurid stories about ghosts and magic — all connected by Volkert the Necromancer, who has seemingly come back from the dead. The tales are framed as stories within a story or as epistolary stories, a format similar to that of other Gothic novels, including Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

The Midnight Bell (1798): In Francis Lathom’s novel,  Alphonsus Cohenburg is exiled from his home after he discovers his uncle has killed his parents. On his journey, Alphonsus becomes a soldier (and later a miner) and then falls in love with a woman who is later kidnapped by bandits.

The Orphan of the Rhine (1798): Eleanor Sleath’s novel follows Julie de Rubine, a woman raising her out-of-wedlock son in seclusion when she agrees to care for an orphan with — wait for it — a mysterious past. When she grows up, the orphan, Laurette, aims to find her parents. The story also includes a kidnapping, a lecherous marchese and a gloomy castle.

Horrid Mysteries (1796):  Carl Grosse’s novel centers on Marquis of Grosse, who becomes enmeshed in a secret society that revels in mayhem and world domination.