What the Austen? Podcast

Izzy Meakin

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.

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Episodes

Episode 59: Mr Darcy & Mr Bingley a Regency bromance with Ben Mercer
Mar 3 2024
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 @bcemercerNewsletter Books Mentioned in the Ep: https://janeaustensworld.com/2008/12/06/in-janes-own-words-two-brothers-talk/ __________________________ 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.”’ __________________________https://ofboysandmen.substack.com/p/the-fragile-beauty-of-male-friendship ‘male friendship needs more soBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEPURE pet food 50% off your box! Love this food for Hoggy it's easy to store and has all the nutrients he needs! PlumInvest and save easily with plum! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 58: Regency costuming in Jane Austen adaptations with Historical Costumer Shannyn Schack Dadvar @wisteria.and.lace
Feb 18 2024
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 StorytellingFrock flicks articleJoin the Janeite Tribe Patreon & Book ClubWhere can you find Shannyn? Instagram: @wisteria.and.laceBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEPURE pet food 50% off your box! Love this food for Hoggy it's easy to store and has all the nutrients he needs! PlumInvest and save easily with plum! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 54: Wrapping up 2023 ~ Reflections Episode
Dec 10 2023
Episode 54: Wrapping up 2023 ~ Reflections Episode
Hello, Janeites! Pour yourself a hot drink or glass of wine, and settle in for an enlightening conversation on our favourite Austen characters, their intriguing relationships, and the societal pressures they endure. Caily back for this year-end episode, where we reflect on the past year's discussions, the challenges we faced, and the wisdom we gained along the way.From the manipulative Lucy Steele in "Sense and Sensibility" to the controversial Lydia from "Pride and Prejudice," we dissect the multi-faceted personalities of Austen's world. We explore the complex dynamics of Edmund and Fanny's relationship in "Mansfield Park" and the role Lydia played in Lizzie and Darcy's love story. We stress the significance of 'girl code', supportive female friendships, and the importance of self-care for us modern-day Janeites. As we look ahead, an exciting new year awaits us with more in-depth character studies, the expansion of our book club, and the growth of our Patreon community. With gratitude in our hearts for each of you, we are thrilled to continue this Janeite journey, engaging in profound discussions about the timeless world of Austen. Let's raise our teacups to another year of Austen adventures, and let the conversation flow!Mentions: Melodie illustrator (Cover Art)The Woman's Guide to Girl Code | Spot a Friend or Foe  Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 53: Where the Rhythm Takes You, a YA Persuasion re-telling with Author Sarah Dass
Nov 19 2023
Episode 53: Where the Rhythm Takes You, a YA Persuasion re-telling with Author Sarah Dass
Have you ever wondered how Jane Austen's classic 'Persuasion' could be recast in a modern setting? YA author Sarah Dass, the creative mind behind 'Where the Rhythm Takes You', unravels this mystery for us. Get ready to traverse the intricate world Sarah has painted, inspired by Austen's masterpiece, filled with young love, complex relationships and the unique West Indian concept of 'tabanka'. Undoubtedly, Austen enthusiasts and aspiring writers stand to gain a treasure trove of insights.Travel with us on a literary journey as we explore Sarah's writing process, her inspirations, and how she skillfully infuses elements of persuasion into a young adult romance. We'll delve into the secrets and complexities of the main characters, Aidan and Rayna's past, their present dilemmas, and the hopeful rekindling of their romance in a contemporary world. The suspenseful twists added to the narrative would undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat. We'll also discuss Sarah's second book, 'When the Vibe is Right', a refreshing spin on 'Much Ado About Nothing'.Finally, we'll dissect the unique themes in 'Where the Rhythm Takes You', with a focus on 'tabanka', a term encapsulating unfulfilled love. We'll also delve into the influence of adaptations on Sarah's work and her dedication to promoting reading. So, buckle up for an enchanting dive into Sarah Dass' world of captivating narratives, complex characters, and insightful portrayals of love and relationships. It's an episode you wouldn't want to miss!Where can you find Sarah Dass? Website: https://sarahdass.com/ Instagram: @sarahdasswritesSarah's books: Where the Rhythm Takes  & When the Vibe is RightSupport the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 50: Villain off 2023 | Lady Catherine v Mrs Norris (Pride & Prejudice v Mansfield Park)
Oct 22 2023
Episode 50: Villain off 2023 | Lady Catherine v Mrs Norris (Pride & Prejudice v Mansfield Park)
Who will wear this years crown of the ultimate Jane Austen villain - Lady Catherine or Mrs Norris? This thrilling milestone 50th episode of the podcast takes a deep dive into the complex characters of these two formidable women from Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park respectively. We dissect their social statuses, character traits, and their intriguing overlaps, giving you a nuanced understanding of Austen's villainesses.Lady Catherine de Bourgh, with her aristocratic air and grandiose house, manipulates and intimidates with an iron fist in a velvet glove. Her controlling nature, especially towards Mr Collins and Elizabeth Bennet, reveals a side of her that reeks of arrogance and conceit. On the flip side, Mrs Norris, a character equally captivating in her villainy, uses her position to control and exploit the vulnerable Fanny Price. Her obsession with money, power, and control, coupled with her complete lack of value for love, paints a chilling picture of a true antagonist.As we wrap up this episode, we bring these two characters head to head, comparing and contrasting their motivations and actions. Lady Catherine fiercely protects her family's wealth and status, while Mrs Norris is driven by selfish machinations. We analyze their villainous energy, and with your votes, we'll decide who deserves the title of the ultimate Austen villain. So, brace yourself for an epic face-off, and join us in celebrating our 50th episode of exploring the world of Austen.Where can you find Ellis? Instagram: @historian_ellis Where can you find Caily?  Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeSupport the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 49: The Monk Uncovered ~ Catherine Morland's reading list with Martha
Oct 8 2023
Episode 49: The Monk Uncovered ~ Catherine Morland's reading list with Martha
Prepare to be disturbed as we delve into the eerie world of Matthew Lewis' gothic classic "The Monk" for this years Catherine Morland's reading list episode. I'm joined by Martha as we dissect this haunting tale set in Madrid, known for its unsettling themes of morality and sin. We expose the supernatural elements intertwined within the tale, from spectral apparitions, to witchcraft and obsession. We also shed light on the disturbing plot twists that keep listeners on their edge. From Ambrosio's notorious reputation and his fear of tarnishing it, to Matilda's shocking revelation, we leave no stone unturned. The strange connections between the characters and the cryptic events add layers to the story, making it a riveting listen. Disclaimer: This episode does feature conversations of sexual assault including non consensual sex as this is a heavy theme in the novel. Cheat Sheets: https://www.whattheausten.com/post/the-monk-by-matthew-lewis-1796-cheat-sheetsTune into last years spooky season ep where we discussed The Mysteries of Udolpho.Where can you find Martha? Instagram: @marthabethanreadsEpisode 10: Bridgerton Gossip (S1, S2 and the books)Episode 21: The Mysteries of UdolphoEpisodes 31 - 36: Taylor Swift seriesBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 47: Jane Austen Unpopular Opinions #2
Aug 27 2023
Episode 47: Jane Austen Unpopular Opinions #2
As a fun AwkAustenAug episode this year we thought we would do another Jane Austen unpopular opinions ep, specificlly on topics myself and Caily may find triggering.  Is Mr Knightley out of line? Is Lizzy Bennet Patronising? Is Elinor Dashwood annoying? Was Maria Bertram justified in cheating on Mr Rushworth?  We are pulling hot takes from Reddit and also Instagram as a few of you shared your thoughts over there.  So grab a warm drink and a blanket and join me and Caily for a fun discussion on some of your hot takes! Where can you find Caily? Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeEpisode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAugEpisode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and EllisEpisode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses.Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Episode 37: Unpopular opinions Episode Episode 44 & 45: Cross Novel Matchmaking Support the showBuzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 45: Cross-Novel Matchmaking Continues, Imagining Romantic Pairings in Jane Austen's Universe
Jul 30 2023
Episode 45: Cross-Novel Matchmaking Continues, Imagining Romantic Pairings in Jane Austen's Universe
Part 2 is here! I had to split this episode up cause me and Caily can clearly talk for England when it comes to Jane Austen ahah. Caily is back on the pod and we are taking on the role of the ultimate match makers and pairing up couples from different Jane Austen novels! ranging from power couples like Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Knightley to the quieter pairings like Edward Ferrars and Fanny Price, we hypothesize a gamut of romantic possibilities. Heat up your teapots and ready your crumpets, Austen lovers, because it's time for a literary matchmaking party!  This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way.   We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it!  Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.  Where can you find Caily?  Where can you find Caily?  Instagram: @half_agony_half_hope Episode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility  Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAug Episode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and Ellis Episode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work  Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses. Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe  Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Episode 37: Unpopular Opinions Pride & Prejudice | 2 Year Podcast Anniversary Ep with CailySupport the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 44: Cross-Novel Matchmaking, Imagining Romantic Pairings in Jane Austen's Universe
Jul 30 2023
Episode 44: Cross-Novel Matchmaking, Imagining Romantic Pairings in Jane Austen's Universe
Caily is back on the pod and we are taking on the role of the ultimate match makers and pairing up couples from different Jane Austen novels! ranging from power couples like Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Knightley to the quieter pairings like Edward Ferrars and Fanny Price, we hypothesize a gamut of romantic possibilities. Heat up your teapots and ready your crumpets, Austen lovers, because it's time for a literary matchmaking party!This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Caily? Where can you find Caily? Instagram: @half_agony_half_hopeEpisode 2: A defence of Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility Episode 5: Discussing Jane Austen's most awkward characters  #AwkAustenAugEpisode 7: Jane Austen Villain off 2021 | Wickham v Willoughby with Caily and EllisEpisode 9: The power of the letter in Jane Austen's work Episode 12 & 13: Placing Austen's Heroines into Harry Potter Houses.Episode 22: Villain 2022 | Caroline Bingley v Isabella Thorpe Episode 28: The other Jane | A Jane Bennet Character Study Episode 37: Unpopular Opinions Pride & Prejudice | 2 Year Podcast Anniversary Ep with CailySupport the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast
Episode 43: The Covert Lovers of Highbury, Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill's Engagement with @historian_ellis
Jul 16 2023
Episode 43: The Covert Lovers of Highbury, Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill's Engagement with @historian_ellis
In this episode we unravel the secrets of Jane Austen's classic novel, Emma, focusing on the often overlooked narrative of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill's clandestine engagement. Teaming up with Ellis from the Historian Ellis Blog, we chat about where the clues to Jane and Frank's secret engagement are concealed in the most unsuspecting places and our feelings about their relationship as a whole. Jane and Frank introduce a unique dynamic to Austen's tightly-knit village setting, their complex pasts adding a layer of mystery and speculation that's begging to be dissected. We delve deep into Frank's manipulative tactics and explore his motivations behind the oddly timed gift of a piano. We challenge you to consider the societal implications of their actions as we further examine Emma's opinion of women's roles and Frank's impropriety in engaging with other women while committed to Jane.  As we venture into the complexities of Austen's narrative, we invite you to uncover the obscured truths and decipher the hidden meanings within her masterful storytelling for yourself. Leave no stone unturned and no secret engagement undiscovered!This podcast is about Janeites coming together, discussing Jane Austen's work, and having a few laughs along the way. We really enjoyed making this episode and we hope you like it! Please follow and subscribe to keep up with all the upcoming episodes.Where can you find Ellis? Instagram: @historian_ellis Hear El on the following podcast episodes: Episode 1 Episode 7 Episode 14Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showWhere can you find your host (Izzy)? Website: www.whattheausten.com Podcast Instagram: @whattheaustenPersonal Instagram: @izzy_meakinYoutube: What the Austen? Podcast