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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsGILLIAN DOW: Welcome to this week of the course. There's no way of knowing, of course, what Jane Austen herself would have made of her global fame. She does comment on fame in her letters, in a letter to her sister Cassandra of 1796. She says, I write only for fame. And then years later in a letter to her niece Anna, she says, Walter Scott has no business being a novelist. He has fame enough as a poet. But what would she have made of her literary celebrity today? We're going to be looking at some of those questions this week.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsKIM SIMPSON: So over the course of this week, we're going to be thinking a little bit about how Jane Austen was packaged by her first publishers, by early biographers. We'll also be looking at some of the modern adaptations that we all know and love-- adaptations that have brought Jane Austen onto the global stage.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsGILLIAN DOW: Absolutely. And this week, as every week, we're really looking forward to your comments in particular, because everyone has their own Jane Austen. And we're looking forward to hearing about yours.

Welcome to week 2

In this video, Gillian and Kim welcome you to week 2 and set the scene for Jane Austen to become a global celebrity.

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Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity

University of Southampton

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