Camp Austen

My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100126877
Released: Mar 06, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427295613
Narrator/s: Ted Scheinman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A raucous audiobook tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Ted Scheinman spent his childhood summers eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his mother's world behind, he nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that sits somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza. While the long tradition of Austen devotees includes the likes of Henry James and E. M. Forster, it is at the conferences and reenactments where Janeism truly lives. In Camp Austen, Scheinman tells the story of his indoctrination into this enthusiastic world and his struggle to shake his mother's influence while navigating hasty theatrical adaptations, undaunted scholars in cravats, and unseemly petticoat fittings. In a haze of morning crumpets and restrictive tights, Scheinman delivers a hilarious and poignant survey of one of the most enduring and passionate literary coteries in history. Combining clandestine journalism with frank memoir, academic savvy with insider knowledge, Camp Austen is perhaps the most comprehensive study of Austen that can also be heard in a single sitting. Brimming with stockings, culinary etiquette, and scandalous dance partners, this is summer camp like you've never seen it before.

Author(s): Ted Scheinman
Original Publish Date: Mar 06, 2018

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Author(s): Ted Scheinman
Product Number EB00710434
Released: Mar 06, 2018
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780374712341

Professional reviews

"Humor and tenderness abound as author and narrator Ted Scheinman recollects how he became a Jane Austen superfan. An avid and eclectic reader and the son of a devoted Jane Austen academic, Scheinman was immersed in literature and the world of Jane Austen at an early age. In graduate school he founded a Jane Austen Summer Camp, which gave him a glimpse of the secret society of Janeites. As narrator, Scheinman's range of English accents highlights the language of the Regency period and adds to the amusingly anachronistic elements of the interactions between the period actors and the visitors at various Austen events. Details about these conferences and reenactments are recounted with a fondness and delight that make Scheinman's observations enticing to Austen and non-Austen fans alike. M.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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