Zan and Diane met in grad school, actually taking a Jane Austen course together, and have been friends ever since. We have had many, many deeply nerdy Austen-based conversations in the intervening years and that's how we decided to create The Thing About Austen. We hope you enjoy our conversations about the material world and culture that shapes Austen's fiction. Come for the historical context and stay for the literary shenanigans.
Zan Cammack (she/her) has been a Janeite since she was 15 when she played hooky basketball camp to read Austen in the park. Her favourite Austen novel is Persuasion.
Zan has a PhD in Irish literature and has published on material culture, Austen, and Irish Modernism.
She contributes visual media and a passion for deeply nerdy material culture research to the podcast.
Diane Neu (she/her) has been a Janeite since she was 12 and was drawn to the fancy dresses on Austen's novel covers. Her favourite Austen novel is Emma.
Diane has an MA in English literature and her research focused specifically on Austen's works.
She contributes social media management, editing, and a profound background knowledge of Austen culture to the podcast.