Jane Austen and William Shakespeare

A Love Affair in Literature, Film and Performance

  • Marina Cano
  • Rosa García-Periago

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Marina Cano, Rosa García-Periago
    Pages 1-26
  3. History, Contexts and Criticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Marie Nedregotten Sørbø
      Pages 73-96
  4. Intertextual Connections

  5. Theatre, Film and Performance

  6. Popular Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Lisa Hopkins
      Pages 313-334
    3. Janine Barchas, Kristina Straub
      Pages 357-397
    4. Mark Thornton Burnett
      Pages 399-402
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-415

About this book


This volume explores the multiple connections between the two most canonical authors in English, Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. The collection reflects on the historical, literary, critical and filmic links between the authors and their fates. Considering the implications of the popular cult of Austen and Shakespeare, the essays are interdisciplinary and comparative: ranging from Austen’s and Shakespeare’s biographies to their presence in the modern vampire saga Twilight, passing by Shakespearean echoes in Austen’s novels and the authors’ afterlives on the improv stage, in wartime cinema, modern biopics and crime fiction. The volume concludes with an account of the Exhibition “Curating Will & Jane” at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which literally brought the two authors together in the autumn of 2016. Collectively, the essays mark and celebrate what we have called the long-standing “love affair” between William Shakespeare and Jane Austen—over 200 years and counting.


literary reception adaptation literary afterlives biography material culture popular culture canonization Shakespeare on film Austen on film

Editors and affiliations

  • Marina Cano
    • 1
  • Rosa García-Periago
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.University of MurciaSpain

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