Ron Rosenbaum on the Jane Austen ‘hype’

Relating to CC202′s study of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the Core offers an article by Ron Rosenbaum, titled Is Jane Austen Overhyped?- Evaluating her literary merit amid the Anniversary reverence.

The subject it deals with is important, and relevant to all classics- how much good does exaggerated celebration their anniversaries really do? Here is a sample, in which Ron Rosenbaum shares his thoughts:

It’s not that she’s overrated. It’s that she’s in dire jeopardy of being overhyped—and dumbed down in the process…

I’ve begun to feel—in the midst of the tsunami of schlocky, rapturous, over-the-top, wall-to-wall multiplatform celebration of the 200thanniversary of Pride and Prejudice—that it’s all a bit too much. Something quiet and true about Austen is being lost in the trumpet blasts and the spin-offs.

For the full article, visit http://slate.me/Xbeb1f

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