|Joined DWG:||30 Mar 2012|
|Favorite Jane Austen novel:||Pride & Prejudice|
|Second favorite JA novel:||Persuasion|
|Favorite JA adaptation:||P&P2 (1995)|
I am a teacher and researcher who is mainly interested in social inequality in education, multilingual and anti-racist education. I am married and have a daughter (11).
Education was a practical career choice which I do not regret. But when I was younger, I studied German literature and literary criticism. And the glow of first (academic) love has never quite faded.
I came across Jane Austen quite by chance. Her books were not taught in the German secondary school. And I do not blame our English teachers; our English was really not up to it. My first encounter with P & P was the 1940 movie. I liked it and proceeded to read the book. You might imagine my surprise(s)...
First I read the German translation, by the way, which I did not like so much. It is difficult to do Austen's style justice in translation, I believe. So I got the original text and was enthralled. I have read all of Austen's novels by now, including the ones not completed. And it has done wonders for my English.
I love JAFF that is "true" to Austen's general design in terms of characterisation and plot. A good JAFF-story, to me, is an interpretation of Austen's novels; e.g. by exploring "alternatives" (what-ifs) we may better understand her plot choices and all they imply.
I do wish I could contribute a story ("or several") of my onw; but so far I am too much in awe of some of the stories here to dare such a thing.