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Send a valentine from ‘Northanger Abbey’ or ‘Frankenstein’

Happy early Valentine’s Day from the Jane Austen Summer Program! Want to make someone’s day? Just click on one of our “Northanger Abbey”- or “Frankenstein”-themed valentines below, right click on the larger image to save it and send it to someone special.





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.

Want more details? Click here.

To apply, see below, or click here.

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”).

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