When I wrote “Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens” I never anticipated that it might ever become the object of academic research. Well, it hasn’t. Not really. However, it has been referenced in a number of academic works on Jane Austen, which is about as good as I’m likely to get. Here are some examples.

In “GLOBAL JANE AUSTEN: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community” – Lawrence Raw, Robert G. Dryden (eds), Springer, 2013, Chapter Thirteen, “Pleasure and Profit: Re-presentations of Jane Austen’s Ever-Expanding Universe”, Anette Svensson writes:

Finally, Austen’s text-universe reaches beyond the global perspective as it becomes intergalactic in makeovers such as Mrs. Darcy versus the Aliens (2011) by Jonathan Pinnock.

Anette Svensson, by the way, is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Jönköping in Sweden.

In “Pride and Prejudice 2.0: Interpretations, Adaptations and Transformations of Jane Austen’s Classic” – Hanna Birk, Marion Gymnich (eds), V&R unipress GmbH, 2015, Chapter One, “200 Years of Reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; or Where the Literary Canon Meets Popular Culture”, Marion Gymnich writes:

In Jonathan Pinnock’s Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens (2011), the Regency-style setting is even combined with twentieth-century alien abduction lore.

Incidentally, that’s Prof. Dr. Marion Gymnich of the University of Bonn to you.

In Susannah Fullerton’s somewhat more populist overview, “Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice” (Frances Lincoln, 2013), she writes:

Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens (‘The truth is out there, though it is not yet universally acknowledged’) by Jonathan Pinnock mixes Regency bonnets with ghouls, ghosts and a lunatic named Mr Firth, and was published in 2011.

This is actually my favourite citation, because it’s quite clear from the references she makes that Ms Fullerton (President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia since 1996, no less) has actually taken the time to read the book. Amazing, really.

In “The Cambridge Companion to ‘Pride and Prejudice'” (CUP, 2013), Emily Auerbach notes in Chapter 15 (“Pride and Proliferation”) that:

More werewolves can be found in Mr. Darcy’s Bite (2011), and Mrs Darcy vs. the Aliens (2011), Elizabeth and Wickham team up to fight hordes of aliens.

Ms Auerbach is a Professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Cambridge Companion is edited by Janet Todd, who goes on to use rather similar phraseology in her own “The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen” (CUP, 2015):

Werewolves arrive in Mr. Darcy’s Bite (2011) and in Mrs Darcy vs. the Aliens (2011) Elizabeth and Wickham fight hordes of aliens.

As it happens, Ms Todd is a Professor Emerita at the University of Aberdeen and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, as well as being a former President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, which probably makes her the most high-powered academic to have referenced the book.

Sadly, in “The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction” – Christine Berberich (ed) (Bloomsbury – obvs – 2014), Chapter Seventeen, “Rewriting Popular Classics as Popular Fiction: Jane Austen, Zombies, Sex and Vampires”, Ben Dew banishes Mrs Darcy to a footnote:

Elizabeth has become the slayer of aliens, zombies and vampires, while Darcy has been re-imagined as, among other things, King Arthur, a rock star and a small woollen puppet.[1]

[1] See (respectively): Pinnock 2011; Grahame-Smith 2009; Jeffers 2009; Dixon 2011; Rigaud 2011; Wang and Wang 2012.

Ben Dew is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. I am, frankly, disappointed in him. Mind you, I’m grateful to him for bring Jack and Holman Wang’s “Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice” to my attention. Awesome.