JASNA: Behind the Times

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) has put out the following release:

Call For Papers for a special issue of Persuasions On-Line

Persuasions On-Line announces a special issue on the most recent film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice: the 2005 Focus Features film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen.

The film garnered the attention and praise of film critics and the Academy, earning Keira Knightley glowing reviews and a nomination for Best Actress. The scholarly reception of the film has been far more mixed and limited, and often considers the film only in the context of other Austen adaptations, especially the 1995 Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle BBC/A&E production. We invite papers that offer substantive critical readings of the 2005 Focus Features Production in a variety of contexts.

This special issue of Persuasions On-Line will be co-edited by Jen Camden and Susan Allen Ford and published in July 2007.

Please send complete papers (approximately 2,000-4,000 words in length) no later than March 1st to Susan Allen Ford. Please send one electronic copy as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format. All papers should conform to MLA style. References to Jane Austen’s novels should be to the R. W. Chapman edition (Oxford UP). A copy of Persuasions On-Line Guidelines may be obtained from Susan Allen Ford or Jen Camden.