e82. Love, Politics and Jane Austen

Usually our show looks at pop culture produced in the relatively recent past. However, that’s not what “popular culture” really means. Really, what this show is about is looking at massive cultural influences and analyzing how and why they happened. And some of that media was produced at longer periods in the past. And some of this classic media has great influence on our modern culture. For example, Jane Austen is probably more popular today than she was when she was alive. Her novels are still read, and there are countless movie adaptations, as well as spinoff books, video games and global fan conventions complete with cosplay. She’s basically her own pop culture industry. But why? And what can we learn from her work? Hannah and Katya are joined by Carolin Benack and Bridget Donnelly to discuss the works of Jane Austen, her cultural significance, her legacy and what she says about romance, politics and culture at large, both in her and ours. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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