Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type



English Language and Literatures

Director of Thesis

Anthony Jarrells

First Reader

Catherine Keyser

Second Reader

Catherine Keyser


People have been visiting sites associated with Jane Austen for two centuries now, and there have been fans of her work for even longer. Austen inspires unique devotion among her fans for an author about whose life we know very little. Furthermore, these fans have been fighting among themselves for as long as fans have existed over who loves her the right way – the academics or the amateurs? This work explores that unique fan culture in detail through the lens of literary tourism, going into detail about two sites in particular – Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, England, and the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. These sites will give insight into the narratives they create of Austen and her fans, provide an image of the Jane Austen brand, and illustrate the implications of marketing on literature.

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