Austen camp has become prevalent, even omnipresent, today, in visions and versions of her and her fiction, using them as a canvas for zombies, porn, or roller derby. Some of it may be kitsch, but it’s arguably camp. Investigating Austen as camp is a valuable way to understand her humor and her social criticism, as we now understand camp as a positive literary and social practice. But rather than asking if and when camp is “there,” for Austen or for her past readers, we might instead investigate what aspects or elements of her reputation or her writing we notice differently when we elect to see her as campy. What do we miss out on by doing that sort of noticing? Finally, once you start to see Austen camp, can you, or how can you, un-see it?
Jane Austen, juvenilia, camp, popular culture, gender, feminism
"Jane Austen Camp,"
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: Vol.9: Iss.1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol9/iss1/5