Curating Will & Jane
Curating Will & Jane provides an overview of the exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity, on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library from 6 August to 6 November 2016. Shakespeare and Austen became literary celebrities roughly 200 years after their deaths, and the Will & Jane exhibition tells the story of that process through many various objects—from porcelain figurines and portraits to advertisments and bobbleheads—that are part of the marketing and cultural dissemination of literary fame. The authors of the article also reflect, as literary scholars turned curators, on what they learned about how material culture produces and records celebrity when the objects of study range beyond standard printed artifacts.
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Janine Barchas is Professor of English at the University of Texas, where she teaches Austen in Austin.
Kristina Straub is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches eighteenth-century British literature, gender studies, and performance theory.
Janine Barchas and Kristina Straub, 2016, Paperback, 36 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-8223-6852-6.