“There are authors whose faith is an important part of why they write, and how they write and what they write,” Dabundo said. “For a long time, it wasn’t popular to talk about an author’s Christianity.”
She has worked at KSU for 25 years. She teaches in the Department of English. Her speciality is English Romanticism, including courses devoted to Jane Austen and Wordsworth. In her studies, she explored the connection between Christianity and Austen’s novels and Wordsworth’s poetry.
“That’s what my book is about — making connections between these two writers who lived at the same time, although in very different worlds,” she said.
While in graduate school, different literature attracted Dabundo, in particular Romanticism. She completed her dissertation at Temple University on Romantic poet Wordsworth. Her book, published by Mercer University Press, begins with excerpts from her dissertation.
Although Austen and Wordsworth both lived in England at the same time, Dabundo suspects they were probably never acquainted. “But (Austen and Wordsworth) were thinking along the same lines and valuing the same things. They have very similar understandings of the Bible and faith and the good life,” she said.
Although the 160-page book is scholarly, Dabundo believes anyone interested in Austen, Wordsworth or Christianity and literature will enjoy it. “We have more intellectually in common with these writers. They’re talking about the same kinds of things that we’re thinking and talking about today. I tried to make (the book) interesting and accessible,” she said.
Meet Dabundo this weekend at the Decatur Book Festival in downtown Decatur. She will signing her book Saturday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5:20 p.m.; the latter time includes a reading. On Sunday, she will sign books from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. and reading from 3:45 to 4 p.m. Both events will take place at the JASNA tents (101-103, on the plaza by the bandstand).
Her book will be available for purchase at the festival at the booth for the Jane Austen Society of North America or at Amazon and through Mercer University Press at www.mupress.org.