“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” –Miss Bingley, Pride and Prejudice
Rachel Dodge is a Jane Austen scholar and college English instructor. She teaches Jane Austen classes, gives talks about Jane Austen at book clubs and reading groups, and is a regular contributor to the Jane Austen’s World web site and blog. Rachel also speaks at libraries and JASNA regional group meetings. She was the keynote speaker at the Sacramento Public Library’s “How Austentatious!” series, Notable Books series, and 2014 Jane Austen Birthday Tea (each with 250-300 attendees).
Rachel is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A. in English and public relations) and California State University, Sacramento (M.A. in English literature). She wrote her Master’s Thesis on etiquette in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and won the 2005 Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Award in non-fiction for “Pictures of (Im)perfection: Jane Austen’s ‘Delightful’ Elizabeth Bennet.” She is a member of Inspire Writers, JASNA, JASNA Greater Sacramento, and a writing critique group.
A true Janeite at heart, Rachel loves books, bonnets, and ball gowns. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her playing with her two children, serving at her church, or watching British dramas with her very own (very patient) “Mr. Darcy.”
Speaking Engagements: Rachel enjoys speaking about a variety of topics, including Jane Austen, classic literature, writing, and what great books teach us, as well as faith topics including prayer, prayer journaling, finding God’s purpose in your life, using your gifts to serve Jesus, and developing your personal devotional life. To book Rachel for a speaking engagement, click here.
Blog Articles: Rachel blogs about classic books, what great books teach us, and the Christian faith. You can also follow Rachel at Jane Austen’s World, where she writes about Jane Austen’s life and novels.
Kindred Spirit Books: For kindred spirit book recommendations, follow Rachel here or on Instagram at @kindredspiritbooks. Her interests cover beloved girlhood classics, literary works (both old and new), and Christian non fiction (including her favorite genre–biographies of missionaries and other Christian heroes).
Published Books: Rachel’s first book is called Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen (Bethany House: October 2, 2018). Be sure to pre-order your copy now. It’s the perfect companion to your own personal devotional time and the perfect gift for your favorite “Janeite” friends or family members.
Representation: Rachel Dodge is represented by Janet Grant, President & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency.