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Austen vs. Brontë is a literary thunderdome! Listen each week as Lauren and Hannah compare and contrast the lives, work and fandoms of the Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.

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    • 4.8 • 104 Ratings

Austen vs. Brontë is a literary thunderdome! Listen each week as Lauren and Hannah compare and contrast the lives, work and fandoms of the Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.

    S5, E4: L.M. Montgomery and Regionalism w/special guest Dr. Trinna Frever

    S5, E4: L.M. Montgomery and Regionalism w/special guest Dr. Trinna Frever

    This week, we’ve invited L.M. Montgomery scholar Dr. Trinna Frever back to break down regionalism for us. We start with L.M. Montgomery and The Blue Castle and work our way towards a discussion about Zora Neale Hurston, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Willa Cather and what they all have in common. We also discuss James Thurber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Wordsworth, Washington Irving Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Ernest Hemingway, and Alice Carey, which might be a record for us in terms of names dropped.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S5, E3: The Blue Castle Pt 3 w/Dr. Sarah Mesle

    S5, E3: The Blue Castle Pt 3 w/Dr. Sarah Mesle

    Hannah returns to breakdown the final chapters of The Blue Castle! Dr. Sarah Mesle shares her takeaways from the book, and we talk about sex, women’s health, Henry David Thoreau vs. John Foster vs. Susan Fenimore Cooper, and read some listener comments. It’s an action-packed episode.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    S5, E2: The Blue Castle Pt 2 w/Dr. Brenton Dickieson

    S5, E2: The Blue Castle Pt 2 w/Dr. Brenton Dickieson

    This week, we are talking about soooo many women writers in relation to L.M. Montgomery including Christina Rossetti, Pauline Johnson, Charlotte Brontë, and Jane Austen (again). Dr. Amber Pouliot joins us in the co-host chair to discuss chapters 16-30 of The Blue Castle, Goblin Market, and sex. We also interview Dr. Brenton Dickieson, host of The Maud Cast, about L.M. Montgomery, John Foster, and Bluebeard. You can find The Maud Cast wherever you get your podcasts, or on Twitter @LMMIMaudCast.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    S5, E1: The Blue Castle Read-Along Pt 1 w/Dr Kate Scarth

    S5, E1: The Blue Castle Read-Along Pt 1 w/Dr Kate Scarth

    We’re kicking off season 5 with a read-along of The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. This week, we have not one, but two doctors in the house! Eleanor Rust joins us as co-host to discuss chapters 1-15, and Dr. Kate Scarth from the L.M. Montgomery Institute returns to talk about pairing L.M. Montgomery with Jane Austen. We also read some insightful listener comments about The Blue Castle, and discuss Isabella Valancy Crawford.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S4, Bonus Episode: Best Books of 2020 w/special guest Bea Koch from The Ripped Bodice

    S4, Bonus Episode: Best Books of 2020 w/special guest Bea Koch from The Ripped Bodice

    This week, we discuss YOUR favorite reads of 2020, and talk to Bea Koch about her book Mad & Bad: Real Heroines of The Regency. Stick around to the end for a very special announcement! And warning - this episode may contain a bit of adult language.

    • 56 min
    S4.4, E9: Pauline Hopkins & Dorothy West w/Special Guest Prof Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

    S4.4, E9: Pauline Hopkins & Dorothy West w/Special Guest Prof Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

    This week, we’re talking about the parallel lives of African American writers Pauline Hopkins and Dorothy West, and our hopes for a sexy Harlem Renaissance mini-series. Our guest, Professor Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, is the President of the Pauline Hopkins Society and the author of Dorothy West’s Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

TAYLORYOURAMAZING74 ,

Funny, Riveting, and Informative!

This podcast is so wonderful! The hosts are super funny and the show has an amazing balance between fun, humor, and authenticity and academic rigor. Each episode covers so much ground while still being accessible for both lit novices and experts. The hosts are also extremely passionate about the subjects they discuss. I love it so much! I highly recommend! My favorite literature podcast ever!

ilovemusic.period. ,

One of my all-time favorite podcasts

So happy to have discovered this podcast!! Literally exactly what I was searching for and didn’t know existed.

chewygronola ,

Regency Gents....

Been obsessed with this podcast for the past week. I have been binging the show like crazy. I love all Regency fiction/ Historical fiction, but I am predominantly a hard core Jane Austen fan. Though I do enjoy the Bronte sisters, nothing will ever trump my love for Austen. I just finished Part 1 of the Darcy vs. Heathcliff and I just want you guys to know how much I truly loved this episode. When I sought out to find a podcast that hopefully would dive into Austen characters in the books and movie adaptations, this is exactly what I hoped for! Hannah your knowledge on the time period was well said and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I love how deep you guys get, but also keeping it light and fun. Love it and can’t wait to keep listening!

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