Scholars from all over the world travel to Goucher College Library to conduct research in the Jane Austen Collection. The Collection, through the generous donations of Alberta Hirshheimer Burke ’28 and Barbara Winn Adams, has grown to over 2,000 volumes and 100 linear feet of manuscript and archival records. This bibliographical list highlights some of the major publications and exhibits resulting from research in the Goucher College Library Collection relating to Emma.
Reading Austen in America
Includes a full treatment of the publication of Mathew Carey’s 1816 Philadelphia edition of Emma, answering many of the questions posed by David Gilson (2002), as well as an in-depth study of the Countess of Dalhousie’s reading and book ownership.
The 1816 Philadelphia Emma: A Forgotten Edition and Its Readers
Offers an overview of the publication of Mathew Carey’s 1816 Philadelphia edition of Emma, plus evidence of its reception by early nineteenth-century American readers.URL
Curating Will & Jane
Accompanies the Folger Shakespeare Library’s exhibit “Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity,” August 6 to November 6, 2016, which featured both rare editions and ephemera from Goucher College Library.PDF
Jane Austen’s Emma at 200: From English Village to Global Appeal
A wide-ranging examination of the publication and international reception of Emma, which included letters exchanged a between the Goucher collector Alberta Burke and the Austen bibliographer David Gilson.URL
A reader-friendly annotated edition of Emma that includes images from the historic editions at Goucher College Library.URL
An overview of Emma in translation from Austen’s day until ours, with several images of book covers drawn from the Goucher collection.
Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers
A lavishly illustrated tour of how Austen's novels have been packaged, with many full-color examples from the Goucher College Library collection.URL
Translating Austen; or When Jane Goes Abroad
Gillian Dow discusses the effect of quintessential "Englishness" on the translation of Austen's works into other languages and cultures. As associate professor and lecturer of English literature at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Dow has extensively lectured and published about Austen and her works. Two of Dow's upcoming publishing projects concern Austen's writings in translation, how the author's language is constructed by her translators, and the global reception of her adapted works.URL
How Emma Travels: By Letters, Hands, and Libraries
A research essay by then-undergraduate student Sarah Kendall, completed for an English/Book Studies course in archival methods at Goucher College.URL
Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ in America
A collation of the first London (December 1815) and first and second Philadelphia (1816 and 1833) editions of Emma, with a statement of what was then yet to be discovered about Carey’s 1816 publication.