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New Pride and Prejudice viral video… The Lizzie Diaries

So, we’ve seen a damn lot of popular youtube videos about Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen (I’m thinking Jane Austen’s Fight Club to start), but this one seems to have got hits far more quickly. For example, the first episode currently has 117,385 hits (and counting) since April 9th when it was posted on youtube this month. I’ve been watching it with curiosity as it builds- there’s currently five episodes, each about three minutes long, that brings our 18th Century novel into the present day and tells it from Lizzie’s perspective.

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Book Review: Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad

by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

Bee is a mother to three young daughters and a London resident.  She’s also a journalist, school fair organiser, tea drinker and generally busy woman juggling married life, family illness and holidays abroad.

May is a lecturer, teaching Jane Austen and democracy to girls, and has a preoccupation with coffee, smoking and her hair.  She’s also an Iraqi living in Baghdad. 

“He made me think about your literature students: don’t they find it hard to relate to literature when their lives are a daily struggle? How can you teach Jane Austen in Baghdad? How can they make sense of it? … Bee”

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