What’s Old is New Episode 2.2 - Interview with William Deresiewicz, author of A Jane Austen Education
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William Deresiewicz is an essayist, book critic, and the author of A Jane Austen Education.
0:25 Jen does an awesome job introducing Bill Deresiewicz (by which we mean that she pronounces his name correctly)
1:00 Bill talks about the premise of A Jane Austen Education
3:20 The interbraiding of memoir, literary criticism, and Austen biography
4:45 On Austen’s most accessible works and people’s hesitation about her work
8:30 In which we sound a little anti-social
9:20 Getting down and dirty: the Charlotte Bronte/Jane Austen feud, we just can’t leave JANE EYRE alone!
13:45 The writing process of A Jane Austen Education
16:35 What constitutes a classic? The Bill Deresiewicz edition
20:40 The problems with the canon as it stands, and we go off topic onto Frankenstein and Dickens
25:15 Trying to pull men out of the Jane Austen closet
28:00 Wrapping up