Digital Editions and Scholarly Projects

This is a collection of academic sources on Jane Austen. The websites housed under this category encompass digital editions of Austen’s texts, collections of online journals, lists of resources, and guides on to how to teach Austen. While some of these websites are primarily profiles of Austen, others serve as examples of how university classrooms are engaging with Austen and her works. These sources would be helpful in informing classroom interactions with Austen and her works, in particular showing students that Austen’s legacy can extend beyond the classroom.

Annotating Austen

Overview: “Annotating Austen” is an ongoing digital humanities project that aims to create multi-media annotated electronic editions of Jane Austen’s six published novels. 

Creators: San Francisco State University. Prof. Bill Christmas 

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Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts

Overview: “Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts” gathers around 1100 pages of Jane Austen’s fiction in a virtual location. These texts are not the more famous novels, but are a collection of Austen’s earlier works. The project outlines both the methodology of collecting and digitizing the sources while also describing the editorial process. 

Creators: Art & Humanities Research Council, University of Oxford, King’s College London, British Library, Bodleian Library. Prof. Kathryn Sutherland

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The 18th-Century Common

Overview: “The 18th-Century Common: A Public Humanities Website for Enthusiasts of 18th-Century Studies” has a collection on Jane Austen that highlights scholarship on Austen’s life, times, contemporaries, and critical afterlives written by Austen scholars and experts in the period. 

Creators: Co-editors: Prof. Jessica Richard (Wake Forest University) and Prof. Andrew Burkett (Union College)

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Literary History

Overview: “Literary History” is a collection of academic websites and peer-reviewed journal articles on Austen. There is a mix of literary criticism, introductions to Austen’s history,  and bibliographic materials. Links go directly to journal articles and are available with institutional access. 

Creators: Jan Pridmore

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Jane Austen

Overview: “Jane Austen” is a collection of resources about Austen. The website includes free online editions of the texts, profiles of tourist sites, and lists of adaptations. 

Creators: Not Available

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Jane Austen's Music

Overview: “Jane Austen’s Music” is a virtual collection of sheet music from the Austen family and also has modern recordings of the music of Austen’s era. There are links to Dooley’s performances, articles about the project, and interviews with Dooley about the process of creating the performances. 

Creators: Gillian Dooley, Flinders University, South Australia

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Jane Austen Websites

Overview: “Jane Austen Websites” is a number of websites that engage either with Austen’s work, Jane Austen’s societies, or Austen’s biography. Most of the websites referenced are already on our list, but it is a good record of all of them together. 

Creators: Pamela Jane 

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Jane Austen Online Resources

Overview: “Jane Austen Online Resources” is a list of online resources about Jane Austen and her literary work. The website uses this list as supplementary material for their illustrated and annotated versions of Austen’s texts (links to an online store). 

Creators: Harvard University Press

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Jane Austen: English Novelist

Overview: “Jane Austen: English Novelist” is an entry in the digital version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica detailing her life, her novels, and her legacy. It’s a good introduction to the basics of Austen. 

Creators: Brian C. Southam (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

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Jane Austen-Teaching English

Overview: “Jane Austen-Teaching English” is a collection of lesson plans designed for use in high school English classrooms. There are sets of lesson plans for all the novels, and downloadable worksheets and activities for classrooms.

Creators: British Council

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Jane Austen in Context

Overview:  “Jane Austen in Context” is an online research tool that provides classrooms with a wide range of materials on Austen (critical articles, interactive timelines, visual materials, etc). The website requires purchasing access

Creators: Broadview Press

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Teaching Austen's (Digitized) Manuscripts

Overview: Creator Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University) outlines the history of Austen and the internet and discusses  the teaching opportunities afforded by digitized Austen. She offers a kind of lesson plan about how to teach students about digital manuscripts and the benefits they provide to undergraduate education in particular.

Creators: Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University)

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Jane Austen Summer Program

Overview: “Jane Austen Summer Program” is the website for a four day symposium at the University of North Carolina that focuses on one Austen novel each summer. It also includes testimonials about the event (JASP) and blog posts about Austen.

Creators: University of North Carolina, Professors James Thompson and Inger S. B. Brodey

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Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicenntenial Exhibit

Overview: “Jane Austen 1817-2017” is a digital humanities site created by a class at the University of Michigan. It includes an introduction to Austen, a spotlight of her novels, explorations of Georgian England, and a historical overview of Austen’s  fans and readers.
Creators: Curated by English 313 Jane Austen Students (Winter 2017), Professor Adela Pinch (University of Michigan)

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Teaching Jane Austen in Bits and Bytes: Digitizing Undergraduate Archival Research

Overview: “Teaching Jane Austen in Bits and Bytes” is an article written by Dr. Bridget Draxler (St. Olaf) which explores how the digitized archive offers undergraduates an opportunity to interact with archival materials in more accessible ways. Dr. Draxler showcases the the benefits of digitizing the archive by sharing the outcomes of digital projects that she has led with her students. 

Creators: Professor Bridget Drexler (St. Olaf), Jane Austen Society of North America

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A Day in the Life of Jane Austen

Overview: “A day in the life of Jane Austen” attempts to offer readers an insight into the way Austen lived her life. It’s speculative, but does give good context of Georgian norms of eating, socializing, and interacting in the home.

Creators: Rebecca Smith, History Extra

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Austen Said: Patterns of Diction in Austen's Major Novels

Overview: “Austen Said” is a data-mining project that explores the patterns of diction in Austen’s novels. The website provides novel visualizations, word frequencies, and background on the project.

Creators: Laura White (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

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