61 episodes

What the Austen? is a Jane Austen podcast hosted by Izzy Meakin, a passionate life long Janeite. Every other week Izzy is joined by a fellow Austen enthusiast as they take a deep dive into Jane Austen's novels and characters. This podcast is for the  fans who love to oscillate between the thought provoking conversations and simply having a good laugh. In each episode we engage in lively discussions about everything Jane Austen, from the dreamy romantic moments to the slightly quirky and unusual aspects of her stories. We embrace the full spectrum of the Austen fandom and create space for fun discussions, including cross-over content and unpopular opinions. Whether you're a long-time Austen fan or new to her works, this podcast promises entertaining and engaging discussions that will deepen your appreciation for Austen's timeless tales for many years to come. 

What the Austen? Podcast Izzy Meakin

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What the Austen? is a Jane Austen podcast hosted by Izzy Meakin, a passionate life long Janeite. Every other week Izzy is joined by a fellow Austen enthusiast as they take a deep dive into Jane Austen's novels and characters. This podcast is for the  fans who love to oscillate between the thought provoking conversations and simply having a good laugh. In each episode we engage in lively discussions about everything Jane Austen, from the dreamy romantic moments to the slightly quirky and unusual aspects of her stories. We embrace the full spectrum of the Austen fandom and create space for fun discussions, including cross-over content and unpopular opinions. Whether you're a long-time Austen fan or new to her works, this podcast promises entertaining and engaging discussions that will deepen your appreciation for Austen's timeless tales for many years to come. 

    Episode 61: Life lessons from Jane Austen's leading men with Sophie Andrews @laughingwithlizzie

    Episode 61: Life lessons from Jane Austen's leading men with Sophie Andrews @laughingwithlizzie

    We are diving deep into the captivating world of Jane Austen's male characters! Joining me is Sophie Andrews, also known as Laughing With Lizzie. Together, we embark on a journey of introspection, exploring the virtues and complexities of Austen's gentlemen. From Mr. Knightley's steadfast evolution to Mr. Darcy's lessons in social finesse, we compare Captain Wentworth's resilience to Colonel Brandon's patience and put Henry Crawford on trial. Our conversation sheds light on love, duty, and character development, resonating across Austen's novels.
    Join the conversation on Instagram and share your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you!

    Where can you find Sophie?
    Instagram: @laughingwithlizzie
    Book: Be more Jane & Be your own Heroine
    Blog: http://laughingwithlizzie.blogspot.com/
    Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCfVhOxVmayHjm4O9qGbCMbA
    BBC Documentary 'My Friend Jane': https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ywkjv 



    Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)?
    Website: www.whattheausten.com
    Podcast Instagram: @whattheausten
    Personal Instagram: @izzy_meakin
    Youtube: What the Austen? Podcast

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode 60: Mr Darcy's first (failed) proposal: A scene study

    Episode 60: Mr Darcy's first (failed) proposal: A scene study

    Let's discuss Mr. Darcy's misguided first proposal in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"! Caily is back and we are decoding Regency-era emojis, dissecting Darcy's cringe-worthy moves, and exploring how each adaptation puts a fresh spin on his character.
    From breaking all the etiquette rules to the aftermath of his ego-check moment, we're serving up a quick, laugh-packed discussion on love, pride, and the occasional proposal blunder. Tune in for all the details 🤍📖🎙️✨
    Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)?
    Website: www.whattheausten.com
    Podcast Instagram: @whattheausten
    Personal Instagram: @izzy_meakin
    Youtube: What the Austen? Podcast

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 59: Mr Darcy & Mr Bingley a Regency bromance with Ben Mercer

    Episode 59: Mr Darcy & Mr Bingley a Regency bromance with Ben Mercer

    Who's ready to take a closer look at one of literature's most iconic friendships? Get ready as we unravel the dynamic bond between Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice! For this captivating conversation about camaraderie, I'm joined by best-selling author Ben Mercer. 
    In this episode, we will shine a spotlight on the representation of male friendships within Pride and Prejudice and draw parallels to modern friendships. Bingley and Darcy showcase a delightful dance of mutual dependence and respect, essentially the OG bromance, and we will delve into how sincerity and respect form the backbone of any lasting connection. So, grab a coffee and join us as we celebrate this literary duo!"

    Where can you find Ben? 
    Insta & TikTok @bcemercer
    Newsletter
    Books 

    Mentioned in the Ep:
    https://janeaustensworld.com/2008/12/06/in-janes-own-words-two-brothers-talk/ 
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     https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_friendships_among_men_are_so_important#:~:text=Intimate%20friendships%20with%20men%2C%20sometimes,help%20in%20time%20of%20need    
     Article by Jill Suttie
     ‘Intimate friendships with men, sometimes called “bromances,” can be even more fulfilling than romantic relationships with women, perhaps because men feel more understood by other men and assume men friends will be more loyal and willing to help in time of need.’
    ‘But men also have fewer close male friends for other reasons, too. Societal pressures to conform to a particular model of masculinity can hamper the development of intimacy with others. This starts at a young age, when boys are given the message they should not express their emotions or seek emotional comfort from other boys lest they be condemned for being too “soft,” “feminine,” or “gay.”’ 
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    https://ofboysandmen.substack.com/p/the-fragile-beauty-of-male-friendship 
    ‘male friendship needs more so
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    Where can you find your host (Izzy)?
    Website: www.whattheausten.com
    Podcast Instagram: @whattheausten
    Personal Instagram: @izzy_meakin
    Youtube: What the Austen? Podcast

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 58: Regency costuming in Jane Austen adaptations with Historical Costumer Shannyn Schack Dadvar @wisteria.and.lace

    Episode 58: Regency costuming in Jane Austen adaptations with Historical Costumer Shannyn Schack Dadvar @wisteria.and.lace

    Ever caught yourself daydreaming about twirling around like a character in a Jane Austen novel, decked out in those fancy Regency-era outfits? Well, I am joined by Shannyn Schack Dadvar from Wisteria and Lace in this episode, and we are diving head-first into that dreamy world.
    We chat about the enchanting costume designs in Jane Austen adaptations and get down to the nitty-gritty details of period costumes! We are breaking down "Emma" and "Pride and Prejudice," discussing the costume choices that reveal way more about the characters than you might think. Shannyn is ready to bust myths about corsets and dress reform, giving you the lowdown on how film adaptations either nail historical accuracy or, well, unravel it a bit.
    So, whether you're a seasoned seamstress or just curious about empire waistlines, this episode is a goldmine for anyone who loves a bit of elegance from the past and those timeless tales spun by Jane Austen. Come join the fun, and let's celebrate the art of historical fashion together! 🌸👗✨

    Hilary Davidson: Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion
    Article on 2005 Pride and Prejudice and the Importance of Costume Storytelling
    Frock flicks article
    Join the Janeite Tribe Patreon & Book Club

    Where can you find Shannyn?
    Instagram: @wisteria.and.lace
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    Where can you find your host (Izzy)?
    Website: www.whattheausten.com
    Podcast Instagram: @whattheausten
    Personal Instagram: @izzy_meakin
    Youtube: What the Austen? Podcast

    • 50 min
    Episode 57: Turning Jane Austen's Emma into a Graphic Novel with Georgie Castilla from Duniath Comics

    Episode 57: Turning Jane Austen's Emma into a Graphic Novel with Georgie Castilla from Duniath Comics

    "Emma"  has never felt more vivid and imaginative, thanks to Georgie's artistic prowess from Duniath Comics.  It was wonderful to hear about Georgie's Jane Austen journey from finding solace within the pages of "Sense and Sensibility" to creating his own Jane Austen-themed comics, serving as both a sanctuary and a spark for creative endeavours.

    Georgie explains how he creates both graphic novels and comics and how he uses this medium to retell much-loved classics with a fresh perspective. This episode is a celebration of Jane Austen's work, the Janeite community and the work creators like Georgie are doing to help make this space inclusive and welcoming to all - a space Jane Austen herself would be proud of.

    Where can you find Georgie Castilla
    Website
    Youtube 
    Instagram: @duniathcomics
    Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)?
    Website: www.whattheausten.com
    Podcast Instagram: @whattheausten
    Personal Instagram: @izzy_meakin
    Youtube: What the Austen? Podcast

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 56: 'Miss Austen Investigates': A Conversation with author Jessica Bull

    Episode 56: 'Miss Austen Investigates': A Conversation with author Jessica Bull

    Have you ever envisioned Jane Austen entangled in a murder investigation? I am joined by novelist Jessica Bull, who brings this fascinating concept to life in ‘Miss Austen Investigates’.

    It was amazing to discuss how Jessica’s teenage love of Jane Austen led her down the rabbit hole that would eventually inspire her to write a story where our favourite literary icon takes on a whole new role. Her dedication to research and authenticity breathes life into a narrative that balances historical accuracy with the creative flair that only a true Janeite could master 📖
     
    Where can you find Jessica?
    Instagram: @Jessicabullnovelist
    Buy Miss Austen Investigates 


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    Where can you find your host (Izzy)?
    Website: www.whattheausten.com
    Podcast Instagram: @whattheausten
    Personal Instagram: @izzy_meakin
    Youtube: What the Austen? Podcast

    • 44 min

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