Three days ago I received notice that an edited, multi-author-submissions volume entitled
Elegance, Propriety, Harmony:
Jane Austen and the Arts
was given the green light by Lehigh University Press.
My own humble submission appears as chapter six, in the section “Artistic Elegance: Portraiture, Music, and Dance“. The focus of my chapter is outlined in its title:
A ‘Reputation for Accomplishment’:
Marianne Dashwood and Emma Woodhouse
as Artistic Performers
Ah, but the road has been long, and still there is only a glimmer of end in sight…
The chapter first saw light of day under a different title – and was submitted at the end of summer 2010 — two years ago. A year or more later, the middle was removed whereby the guts of my original idea was weakened. A new approach was required. That major rewrite brought about the current title, and only came about after much reading, researching, rethinking and (of course) re-rewriting. The editors have edited, the reviewers have read, and now the press exclaims We’ll publish. Comments were made about a gathering at the Pride and Prejudice– centered AGM in 2013.
- three days ago: news
- two years ago: first draft submitted
- one year to go: book launch!