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What the Austen? Podcast

What the Austen? is a Jane Austen podcast hosted by Izzy Meakin, a passionate life long Janeite. Every other week Izzy is joined by a fellow Austen enthusiast as they take a deep dive into Jane Austen's novels and characters. This podcast is for the  fans who love to oscillate between the thought provoking conversations and simply having a good laugh. In each episode we engage in lively discussions about everything Jane Austen, from the dreamy romantic moments to the slightly quirky and unusual aspects of her stories. We embrace the full spectrum of the Austen fandom and create space for fun discussions, including cross-over content and unpopular opinions. Whether you're a long-time Austen fan or new to her works, this podcast promises entertaining and engaging discussions that will deepen your appreciation for Austen's timeless tales for many years to come. 

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Episode 64: My Jane Austen Heritage with Caroline Knight, Jane Austen's Great niece
Send us a Text Message.Imagine growing up in a home where every corner whispers stories of Jane Austen. In this episode, I will be chatting with Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen’s 5th great-niece and founder of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.Caroline shares her experience growing up in, and eventually leaving, Chawton House, the Knight family home. Through childhood anecdotes, she paints a vivid picture of living amid literary heritage, balancing tradition with the realities of daily life. Caroline's story transcends the past. Once a corporate powerhouse, she now champions the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, inspired by her Austen connection. The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation stands as a testament to her and the incredible volunteers' dedication. Caroline discusses the Foundation's initiatives, from global writing competitions to literacy events, fostering a passionate volunteer network to support literacy projects in developing communities.As Caroline reflects on Austen’s writing and her own experiences, we gain insights that are both deeply personal and universally resonant, finding a way back to your roots.  Join us for an episode that honours Jane Austen's enduring spirit through none other than her own great-niece. Host a Jane Austen Tea for Literacy Sanditon Celebration Event: BOOK HEREWhere can you find the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation? Website Instagram: @janeaustenliteracyfoundationFacebook YoutubeMy article for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation: ISSUE 97: A WISE WOMAN FIT FOR REGENCY ENGLANDSupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
66:03 5/19/24
Episode 63: Bringing Jane Austen's Bath to life with Ellis Naylor @historian_ellis
Send us a Text Message.Join me and Ellis as we assemble a Jane Austen guide to Bath. Together, we'll explore Austen's complex bond with this iconic city, from its social allure to its challenges.We'll dive into Austen's portrayal of Bath in "Northanger Abbey" and "Persuasion," examining how she depicted its social intricacies and landscapes. As we stroll through Bath's streets and assembly rooms, I'll reveal the places Austen frequented, from Lansdowne Crescent to Westgate Buildings.Ellis shares insights into the history of Bath and as a local, she offers personal reflections on Bath's historical tapestry and Austen's connection to it. Whether it's the lively pump rooms or the romance of Lover's Lane, each anecdote adds depth to our understanding of Bath as a character in Austen's world.Join us to uncover the historical charm and literary whispers of Bath—a city that both captivated and challenged Jane Austen.Bath Blog post from Ellis:Georgette Heyer's novels Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy WorsleyUPROAR!: Satire, Scandal and Printmakers in Georgian London by Alice Loxton Where can you find Ellis? @historian_ellishttps://historianellis.wordpress.com/ Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
74:49 5/5/24
Episode 62: Jane Austen's Legacy & Rare Book Collecting with Tom Ayling
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I have the pleasure of being joined by Tom Ayling, an antiquarian bookseller and content creator. Together, we'll dive into Jane Austen's literary craftsmanship and the timeless allure of collecting her works. We'll embark on a journey through Austen's manuscripts, unraveling the mysteries behind her genius and the profound legacy she left with her pen. Furthermore, we'll delve into the significance of hard copies in an author's fame amidst digital records, and navigate the complexities of rare book collecting, sharing personal anecdotes and valuable advice for aspiring collectors. Come join us as we uncover pieces of literary history together.This episode is a beautiful tapestry of history, literature and book keeping. Apologies in advance for the echo on my end, I had to record at my Grandparents as our wifi cut out and the room was all hard surfaces.Mentions: Jane Austen.ac.uk - Project spearheaded by professor Catherine SunderlandR.W Chapman Jane Austen, The Watsons @ the Bodleian Where can you find Tom? @tomwaylingTom Ayling on YouTubehttps://www.tomwayling.co.uk/ Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
68:23 4/21/24
Episode 61: Life lessons from Jane Austen's leading men with Sophie Andrews @laughingwithlizzie
Send us a Text Message.We are diving deep into the captivating world of Jane Austen's male characters! Joining me is Sophie Andrews, also known as Laughing With Lizzie. Together, we embark on a journey of introspection, exploring the virtues and complexities of Austen's gentlemen. From Mr. Knightley's steadfast evolution to Mr. Darcy's lessons in social finesse, we compare Captain Wentworth's resilience to Colonel Brandon's patience and put Henry Crawford on trial. Our conversation sheds light on love, duty, and character development, resonating across Austen's novels.Join the conversation on Instagram and share your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you! Where can you find Sophie?Instagram: @laughingwithlizzieBook: Be more Jane & Be your own HeroineBlog: http://laughingwithlizzie.blogspot.com/Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCfVhOxVmayHjm4O9qGbCMbABBC Documentary 'My Friend Jane': https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ywkjv Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
105:05 4/7/24
Episode 60: Mr Darcy's first (failed) proposal: A scene study
Send us a Text Message.Let's discuss Mr. Darcy's misguided first proposal in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"! Caily is back and we are decoding Regency-era emojis, dissecting Darcy's cringe-worthy moves, and exploring how each adaptation puts a fresh spin on his character.From breaking all the etiquette rules to the aftermath of his ego-check moment, we're serving up a quick, laugh-packed discussion on love, pride, and the occasional proposal blunder. Tune in for all the details 🤍📖🎙️✨Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
75:26 3/17/24
Episode 59: Mr Darcy & Mr Bingley a Regency bromance with Ben Mercer
Send us a Text Message.Who's ready to take a closer look at one of literature's most iconic friendships? Get ready as we unravel the dynamic bond between Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice! For this captivating conversation about camaraderie, I'm joined by best-selling author Ben Mercer. In this episode, we will shine a spotlight on the representation of male friendships within Pride and Prejudice and draw parallels to modern friendships. Bingley and Darcy showcase a delightful dance of mutual dependence and respect, essentially the OG bromance, and we will delve into how sincerity and respect form the backbone of any lasting connection. So, grab a coffee and join us as we celebrate this literary duo!"Where can you find Ben? Insta & TikTok @bcemercerNewsletter Books Mentioned in the Ep: https://janeaustensworld.com/2008/12/06/in-janes-own-words-two-brothers-talk/ __________________________ https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_friendships_among_men_are_so_important#:~:text=Intimate%20friendships%20with%20men%2C%20sometimes,help%20in%20time%20of%20need     Article by Jill Suttie ‘Intimate friendships with men, sometimes called “bromances,” can be even more fulfilling than romantic relationships with women, perhaps because men feel more understood by other men and assume men friends will be more loyal and willing to help in time of need.’‘But men also have fewer close male friends for other reasons, too. Societal pressures to conform to a particular model of masculinity can hamper the development of intimacy with others. This starts at a young age, when boys are given the message they should not express their emotions or seek emotional comfort from other boys lest they be condemned for being too “soft,” “feminine,” or “gay.”’ __________________________Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEPURE pet food 50% off your box! Love this food for Hoggy it's easy to store and has all the nutrients he needs! PlumInvest and save easily with plum! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
62:30 3/3/24
Episode 58: Regency costuming in Jane Austen adaptations with Historical Costumer Shannyn @wisteria.and.lace
Send us a Text Message.Ever caught yourself daydreaming about twirling around like a character in a Jane Austen novel, decked out in those fancy Regency-era outfits? Well, I am joined by Shannyn from Wisteria and Lace in this episode, and we are diving head-first into that dreamy world.We chat about the enchanting costume designs in Jane Austen adaptations and get down to the nitty-gritty details of period costumes! We are breaking down "Emma" and "Pride and Prejudice," discussing the costume choices that reveal way more about the characters than you might think. Shannyn is ready to bust myths about corsets and dress reform, giving you the lowdown on how film adaptations either nail historical accuracy or, well, unravel it a bit.So, whether you're a seasoned seamstress or just curious about empire waistlines, this episode is a goldmine for anyone who loves a bit of elegance from the past and those timeless tales spun by Jane Austen. Come join the fun, and let's celebrate the art of historical fashion together! 🌸👗✨Hilary Davidson: Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion Article on 2005 Pride and Prejudice and the Importance of Costume StorytellingFrock flicks articleJoin the Janeite Tribe Patreon & Book ClubWhere can you find Shannyn? Instagram: @wisteria.and.laceBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEPURE pet food 50% off your box! Love this food for Hoggy it's easy to store and has all the nutrients he needs! PlumInvest and save easily with plum! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
50:53 2/18/24
Episode 57: Turning Jane Austen's Emma into a Graphic Novel with Georgie Castilla from Duniath Comics
Send us a Text Message."Emma"  has never felt more vivid and imaginative, thanks to Georgie's artistic prowess from Duniath Comics.  It was wonderful to hear about Georgie's Jane Austen journey from finding solace within the pages of "Sense and Sensibility" to creating his own Jane Austen-themed comics, serving as both a sanctuary and a spark for creative endeavours. Georgie explains how he creates both graphic novels and comics and how he uses this medium to retell much-loved classics with a fresh perspective. This episode is a celebration of Jane Austen's work, the Janeite community and the work creators like Georgie are doing to help make this space inclusive and welcoming to all - a space Jane Austen herself would be proud of. Where can you find Georgie Castilla Website Youtube Instagram: @duniathcomicsSupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
61:44 2/4/24
Episode 56: 'Miss Austen Investigates': A Conversation with author Jessica Bull
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever envisioned Jane Austen entangled in a murder investigation? I am joined by novelist Jessica Bull, who brings this fascinating concept to life in ‘Miss Austen Investigates’.It was amazing to discuss how Jessica’s teenage love of Jane Austen led her down the rabbit hole that would eventually inspire her to write a story where our favourite literary icon takes on a whole new role. Her dedication to research and authenticity breathes life into a narrative that balances historical accuracy with the creative flair that only a true Janeite could master 📖  Where can you find Jessica?Instagram: @Jessicabullnovelist Buy Miss Austen Investigates PURE pet food 50% off your box! Love this food for Hoggy it's easy to store and has all the nutrients he needs! PlumInvest and save easily with plum! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
44:46 1/21/24
Episode 55: Jane Austen Unpopular Opinions #3
Send us a Text Message.Grab your teacup and join Caily and me as we spark a lively debate that may just upend your literary loyalties with another Jane Austen Unpopular Opinions Episode! Pride and Prejudice is not Jane Austen's best novel. Mr Darcy is not shy and Mr Bingley is spineless   The 2008 Sense & Sensibility is better than the 1995 one?A few more to spice things up...As always this episode was so much fun to make, if you want to connect with Caily you can find her on loads of episodes and also here: Where can you find Caily?Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopePURE pet food 50% off your box! Love this food for Hoggy it's easy to store and has all the nutrients he needs! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
102:25 1/7/24
Episode 54: Wrapping up 2023 ~ Reflections Episode
Send us a Text Message.Hello, Janeites! Pour yourself a hot drink or glass of wine, and settle in for an enlightening conversation on our favourite Austen characters, their intriguing relationships, and the societal pressures they endure. Caily back for this year-end episode, where we reflect on the past year's discussions, the challenges we faced, and the wisdom we gained along the way.From the manipulative Lucy Steele in "Sense and Sensibility" to the controversial Lydia from "Pride and Prejudice," we dissect the multi-faceted personalities of Austen's world. We explore the complex dynamics of Edmund and Fanny's relationship in "Mansfield Park" and the role Lydia played in Lizzie and Darcy's love story. We stress the significance of 'girl code', supportive female friendships, and the importance of self-care for us modern-day Janeites. As we look ahead, an exciting new year awaits us with more in-depth character studies, the expansion of our book club, and the growth of our Patreon community. With gratitude in our hearts for each of you, we are thrilled to continue this Janeite journey, engaging in profound discussions about the timeless world of Austen. Let's raise our teacups to another year of Austen adventures, and let the conversation flow!Mentions: Melodie illustrator (Cover Art)The Woman's Guide to Girl Code | Spot a Friend or Foe  Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
146:21 12/10/23
Episode 53: Where the Rhythm Takes You, a YA Persuasion re-telling with Author Sarah Dass
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered how Jane Austen's classic 'Persuasion' could be recast in a modern setting? YA author Sarah Dass, the creative mind behind 'Where the Rhythm Takes You', unravels this mystery for us. Get ready to traverse the intricate world Sarah has painted, inspired by Austen's masterpiece, filled with young love, complex relationships and the unique West Indian concept of 'tabanka'. Undoubtedly, Austen enthusiasts and aspiring writers stand to gain a treasure trove of insights.Travel with us on a literary journey as we explore Sarah's writing process, her inspirations, and how she skillfully infuses elements of persuasion into a young adult romance. We'll delve into the secrets and complexities of the main characters, Aidan and Rayna's past, their present dilemmas, and the hopeful rekindling of their romance in a contemporary world. The suspenseful twists added to the narrative would undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat. We'll also discuss Sarah's second book, 'When the Vibe is Right', a refreshing spin on 'Much Ado About Nothing'.Finally, we'll dissect the unique themes in 'Where the Rhythm Takes You', with a focus on 'tabanka', a term encapsulating unfulfilled love. We'll also delve into the influence of adaptations on Sarah's work and her dedication to promoting reading. So, buckle up for an enchanting dive into Sarah Dass' world of captivating narratives, complex characters, and insightful portrayals of love and relationships. It's an episode you wouldn't want to miss!Where can you find Sarah Dass? Website: https://sarahdass.com/ Instagram: @sarahdasswritesSarah's books: Where the Rhythm Takes  & When the Vibe is RightSupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
54:08 11/19/23
Episode 51: Sorting Jane Austen's Heroes into their Hogwarts Houses Pt 1
Send us a Text Message.Ready for a magical journey into the world of literature? We've got a spellbinding discussion lined up for you! Together with our guest Caily, we're revisiting the imaginative crossover of Jane Austen and Harry Potter. We dive headfirst into the complexities of these beloved characters and unravel their fit within the four quintessential Hogwarts houses. We promise you, by the end of this power-packed episode, you'll have a newfound appreciation for both Austen's characters and Rowling's magical universe.We will be picking both a primary and secondary house for each as we did for there heroines. So, spark up your wands (or earbuds) and join us for an unforgettable literary journey.If you want to tune into the episode we did matching the heroines to their Hogwarts Houses its here in two parts: Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
86:42 11/5/23
Episode 52: Sorting Jane Austen Heroes into Hogwarts Houses Pt 2
Send us a Text Message.Ready for a magical journey into the world of literature? We've got a spellbinding discussion lined up for you! Together with our guest Caily, we're revisiting the imaginative crossover of Jane Austen and Harry Potter. We dive headfirst into the complexities of these beloved characters and unravel their fit within the four quintessential Hogwarts houses. We promise you, by the end of this power-packed episode, you'll have a newfound appreciation for both Austen's characters and Rowling's magical universe.We will be picking both a primary and secondary house for each as we did for there heroines. So, spark up your wands (or earbuds) and join us for an unforgettable literary journey.If you want to tune into the episode we did matching the heroines to their Hogwarts Houses its here in two parts: Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
68:48 11/5/23
Episode 50: Villain off 2023 | Lady Catherine v Mrs Norris (Pride & Prejudice v Mansfield Park)
Send us a Text Message.Who will wear this years crown of the ultimate Jane Austen villain - Lady Catherine or Mrs Norris? This thrilling milestone 50th episode of the podcast takes a deep dive into the complex characters of these two formidable women from Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park respectively. We dissect their social statuses, character traits, and their intriguing overlaps, giving you a nuanced understanding of Austen's villainesses.Lady Catherine de Bourgh, with her aristocratic air and grandiose house, manipulates and intimidates with an iron fist in a velvet glove. Her controlling nature, especially towards Mr Collins and Elizabeth Bennet, reveals a side of her that reeks of arrogance and conceit. On the flip side, Mrs Norris, a character equally captivating in her villainy, uses her position to control and exploit the vulnerable Fanny Price. Her obsession with money, power, and control, coupled with her complete lack of value for love, paints a chilling picture of a true antagonist.As we wrap up this episode, we bring these two characters head to head, comparing and contrasting their motivations and actions. Lady Catherine fiercely protects her family's wealth and status, while Mrs Norris is driven by selfish machinations. We analyze their villainous energy, and with your votes, we'll decide who deserves the title of the ultimate Austen villain. So, brace yourself for an epic face-off, and join us in celebrating our 50th episode of exploring the world of Austen.Where can you find Ellis? Instagram: @historian_ellis Where can you find Caily?  Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeSupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
89:39 10/22/23
Episode 49: The Monk Uncovered ~ Catherine Morland's reading list with Martha
Send us a Text Message.Prepare to be disturbed as we delve into the eerie world of Matthew Lewis' gothic classic "The Monk" for this years Catherine Morland's reading list episode. I'm joined by Martha as we dissect this haunting tale set in Madrid, known for its unsettling themes of morality and sin. We expose the supernatural elements intertwined within the tale, from spectral apparitions, to witchcraft and obsession. We also shed light on the disturbing plot twists that keep listeners on their edge. From Ambrosio's notorious reputation and his fear of tarnishing it, to Matilda's shocking revelation, we leave no stone unturned. The strange connections between the characters and the cryptic events add layers to the story, making it a riveting listen. Disclaimer: This episode does feature conversations of sexual assault including non consensual sex as this is a heavy theme in the novel. Cheat Sheets: https://www.whattheausten.com/post/the-monk-by-matthew-lewis-1796-cheat-sheetsTune into last years spooky season ep where we discussed The Mysteries of Udolpho.Where can you find Martha? Instagram: @marthabethanreadsEpisode 10: Bridgerton Gossip (S1, S2 and the books)Episode 21: The Mysteries of UdolphoEpisodes 31 - 36: Taylor Swift seriesBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
102:38 10/8/23
Episode 48: A Most Agreeable Murder with Author Julia Seales
Send us a Text Message.What if you could join a tea party with Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and Arthur Conan Doyle? Tune in to this riveting episode where author and screenwriter Julia Seals reveals the inspiration behind her latest work, A Most Agreeable Murder. We chat about how her novel masterfully intertwines Austen's elegant narrative style with an enigmatic murder mystery set in a swampy small town. Julia opens up about her unique journey to becoming a Jane Austen devotee and the profound impact of various literary influences on her writing style.This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Julia?  Instagram: @juliamaeseales Book: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/episode-mentions Audible | 30 day free trial Izzy's recommendation: The Jane Austen Collection: An Audible Original Drama Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
48:00 9/24/23
Episode 47: Jane Austen Unpopular Opinions #2
Send us a Text Message.As a fun AwkAustenAug episode this year we thought we would do another Jane Austen unpopular opinions ep, specificlly on topics myself and Caily may find triggering.  Is Mr Knightley out of line? Is Lizzy Bennet Patronising? Is Elinor Dashwood annoying? Was Maria Bertram justified in cheating on Mr Rushworth?  We are pulling hot takes from Reddit and also Instagram as a few of you shared your thoughts over there.  So grab a warm drink and a blanket and join me and Caily for a fun discussion on some of your hot takes! Where can you find Caily? Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeEpisode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAugEpisode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and EllisEpisode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses.Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Episode 37: Unpopular opinions Episode Episode 44 & 45: Cross Novel Matchmaking Support the showBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
67:37 8/27/23
Episode 46: Lydia Bennet Character Study (L is for Liability series) with Storyhooked Podcast Host Lynette
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I am joined by Lynette host of the Storyhooked podcast, as we journey into the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. We shine the spotlight on Lydia Bennet, the youngest of the five Bennett sisters, known for her impulsiveness and recklessness. Lynette, and I dive headfirst into Lydia's character, drawing on our own teenage experiences to explore her traits further.Let's peel back the layers on Lydia's dramatic and immature tendencies, and explore how her parents' complacency may have influenced her development. contemplating the societal norms of Austen's era and how Lydia's understanding of marriage and her age affected her decision-making. Lydia posses a puzzling paradox as both a victim and a perpetrator of her circumstances. This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Lynette?  Instagram: @storyhookedShop: https://storyhooked.company.site/Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
57:27 8/13/23
Episode 44: Cross-Novel Matchmaking, Imagining Romantic Pairings in Jane Austen's Universe
Send us a Text Message.Caily is back on the pod and we are taking on the role of the ultimate match makers and pairing up couples from different Jane Austen novels! ranging from power couples like Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Knightley to the quieter pairings like Edward Ferrars and Fanny Price, we hypothesize a gamut of romantic possibilities. Heat up your teapots and ready your crumpets, Austen lovers, because it's time for a literary matchmaking party!This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Caily? Where can you find Caily? Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeEpisode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAugEpisode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and EllisEpisode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses.Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Episode 37: Unpopular Opinions Pride & Prejudice | 2 Year Podcast Anniversary Ep with CailySupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
62:23 7/30/23
Episode 45: Cross-Novel Matchmaking Continues, Imagining Romantic Pairings in Jane Austen's Universe
Send us a Text Message.Part 2 is here! I had to split this episode up cause me and Caily can clearly talk for England when it comes to Jane Austen ahah. Caily is back on the pod and we are taking on the role of the ultimate match makers and pairing up couples from different Jane Austen novels! ranging from power couples like Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Knightley to the quieter pairings like Edward Ferrars and Fanny Price, we hypothesize a gamut of romantic possibilities. Heat up your teapots and ready your crumpets, Austen lovers, because it's time for a literary matchmaking party!  This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way.   We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it!  Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.  Where can you find Caily?  Where can you find Caily?  Instagram: @half_agony_half_hope Episode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility  Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAug Episode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and Ellis Episode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work  Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses. Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe  Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Episode 37: Unpopular Opinions Pride & Prejudice | 2 Year Podcast Anniversary Ep with CailySupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
70:17 7/30/23
Episode 43: The Covert Lovers of Highbury, Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill's Engagement with @historian_ellis
Send us a Text Message.In this episode we unravel the secrets of Jane Austen's classic novel, Emma, focusing on the often overlooked narrative of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill's clandestine engagement. Teaming up with Ellis from the Historian Ellis Blog, we chat about where the clues to Jane and Frank's secret engagement are concealed in the most unsuspecting places and our feelings about their relationship as a whole. Jane and Frank introduce a unique dynamic to Austen's tightly-knit village setting, their complex pasts adding a layer of mystery and speculation that's begging to be dissected. We delve deep into Frank's manipulative tactics and explore his motivations behind the oddly timed gift of a piano. We challenge you to consider the societal implications of their actions as we further examine Emma's opinion of women's roles and Frank's impropriety in engaging with other women while committed to Jane.  As we venture into the complexities of Austen's narrative, we invite you to uncover the obscured truths and decipher the hidden meanings within her masterful storytelling for yourself. Leave no stone unturned and no secret engagement undiscovered!This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Ellis? Instagram: @historian_ellis Hear El on the following podcast episodes: Episode 1 Episode 7 Episode 14Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
85:38 7/16/23
Episode 42: Mrs. Bennet, A Complex Portrait of Motherhood in Pride and Prejudice with Habiba from @habibareadsbooks
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I am joined by Habiba @habibareadsbooks to discuss the Pride & Prejudices Mrs. Bennet. A character who indeed has a multifaceted personality that elicits a range of emotions from readers. In this episode we explore her character in more detail, acknowledging both her humorous aspects and the challenges she faces as a mother of five unmarried daughters. We also look at the ways in which Mrs. Bennet is similar to some South Asian Mums and Grans, standing as a true matriarch at times. Habiba touches on her own experiences, and how Pride and Prejudice relates closely to both her Pakistani traditions and Desi culture as a whole. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! and you will also be supporting the Podcast 🤍This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Habiba?   Instagram: @habibareadsbooksSupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
51:40 7/2/23
Episode 41: Jane Austen Murder Mysteries with Author Tirzah Price
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I am sitting down with author Tirzah Price to discuss her upcoming book Manslaughter Park, which is the 3rd book in her Jane Austen murder master series including Pride and Premeditation and Sense and Second Degree Murder. It was so wonderful to chat to Tirzah about her love of Jane Austen, how the series came about and her writing experience as she captures the essence of Jane Austen characters, but gives them a wonderful Agatha Christie twist. Manslaughter park is available for pre-order! Buy Tirzah's books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/episode-mentions Out in the US 27th June and 31st August in the UK. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! and you will also be supporting the Podcast 🤍This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Tirzah?  Instagram: @tirzah.priceWebsite: https://tirzahprice.com/ Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
52:45 6/18/23
Episode 40: Lucy Steele character study (L is for Liability series) with @janeaustenrunsmylife
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I am joined by Leah @janeaustenrunsmylife to discuss Lucy Steele, this is the first in what will become a series titled L is for Liability. Lucy Steele is marked high as one of the most calculated villains of Austen's work. She is strategic in improving her situation in life and cares little for hurting people along the way. Join us as we discuss this fascinating villain from Sense and Sensibility. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! and you will also be supporting the Podcast 🤍This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Leah?  Instagram: @janeaustenrunsmylife Blog: Jane Austen Runs My Life’s Blog Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
55:08 5/21/23
Episode 39: The Mary Crawford Effect with Charlie @thebookboy
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I'm  joined by Charlie @thebookboy to discuss Jane Austen's Mary Crawford from Mansfield Park. Described by some as the real heroine of Mansfield Park, she is a character who divides the community. embodying everything Austen tells us is good such as being outspoken and lively, Mary isn't so dissimilar than Lizzy Bennet and yet she is a polarising character and is placed in binary opposition to the heroine Fanny Price. This is a fun and interesting conversation to explore the character of Mary from two Mary sympathisers. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! and you will also be supporting the Podcast 🤍This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Charlie? Instagram: @thebookboy Podcast episode: Episode 11: Who is the wealthiest Jane Austen hero? with Charlie from @thebookboySupport the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
66:25 5/7/23
Episode 38: Why we should Knight Mr Knightley with Carolyne @theaustenite
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I am joined by Carolyne @theaustenite to discuss Jane Austen's novel Emma, specifically focusing on the character of Mr Knightley. Mr Knightley stands firm as many peoples favourite Jane Austen hero and it's not hard to see why he is kind, pragmatic and observant guiding our heroine Emma to become the best version of herself. So we thought we would look at detail at some of his actions and moments in which he really shines, and why we think he should be Knighted for his gallant behaviour. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! and you will also be supporting the Podcast 🤍This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Carolyne? Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theaustenite/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@theaustenite Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
57:29 4/23/23
Episode 37: Pride & Prejudice Unpopular Opinions #1 | 2 Year Podcast Anniversary Ep
Send us a Text Message.We are celebrating 2 years of the What the Austen? Podcast! Thank you so much for all your support the past 2 years, it’s been so wonderful sharing my love of Jane Austen with you all. Is Mr Darcy really all that? Pride and Prejudice adaptions - 2005 v 1995? Is Mr Bennet the real villain of the novel? This is a chilled episode covering some Pride & Prejudice unpopular opinions, so grab a warm drink and a blanket and join me and Caily for a fun discussion on some of your hot takes! Here's to another 2 years and beyond Janeites 🤍Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! Mrs Gardiner Article for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation (Pride and Possibilities) Where can you find Caily? Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeEpisode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAugEpisode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and EllisEpisode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses.Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
89:35 4/9/23
Episode 36: Taylor Swift x Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Send us a Text Message.In this series we are matching Taylor Swift songs to Jane Austen characters and novels! This was highly requested from you all so I’m excited to share this content with you. I have split the content up into shorter episodes so you can binge the lot, pick the novels you like the most or enjoy this series in stages. This was a fun series to create, and I am joined by Ann and Martha who have been on the podcast before and are good friends of mine. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lbg54tnj_g Series order: Introduction Sense and Sensibility (12th March) Persuasion (12th March) Northanger Abbey  (19th March) Emma (19th March) Pride and Prejudice (26th March) Mansfield Park (26th March) We have created Spotify playlist for the series so you can listen to the songs based on the novels!Where can you find Martha? Instagram: @marthabethanreadsEpisode 10: Bridgerton Gossip (S1, S2 and the books)Episode 21: The Mysteries of Udolpho and the Gothic in Northanger AbbeyWhere can you find Ann? Instagram: @paper.hearts.library & @disneyprincesslessons Youtube: PrincessLessons YouTube ChannelWhat the Austen? Episodes: The Disney Princess & Disney Villain series on the podcast Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
24:37 3/26/23
Episode 35: Taylor Swift x Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Send us a Text Message.In this series we are matching Taylor Swift songs to Jane Austen characters and novels! This was highly requested from you all so I’m excited to share this content with you. I have split the content up into shorter episodes so you can binge the lot, pick the novels you like the most or enjoy this series in stages. This was a fun series to create, and I am joined by Ann and Martha who have been on the podcast before and are good friends of mine. Thanks again to our sponsor Haus of Bennet: https://hausofbennet.com/ Use code whatthediscount at the checkout for 15% off! TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lbg54tnj_g Series order: Introduction Sense and Sensibility (12th March) Persuasion (12th March) Northanger Abbey  (19th March) Emma (19th March) Pride and Prejudice (26th March) Mansfield Park (26th March) We have created Spotify playlist for the series so you can listen to the songs based on the novels!Where can you find Martha? Instagram: @marthabethanreadsEpisode 10: Bridgerton Gossip (S1, S2 and the books)Episode 21: The Mysteries of Udolpho and the Gothic in Northanger AbbeyWhere can you find Ann? Instagram: @paper.hearts.library & @disneyprincesslessons Youtube: PrincessLessons YouTube ChannelWhat the Austen? Episodes: The Disney Princess & Disney Villain series on the podcast Support the Show.Where can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
20:18 3/26/23

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