- The love or worship of the works of Jane Austen.
1994, Roger Gard, Jane Austen's Novels: The Art of Clarity, page vi:
- [F]ew true admirers will hesitate, much, to admit to the possesion of a mug or a tea towel from Chawton. To do so is not necessarily latter-day Janeiteism.
2000, Deidre Lynch, Janeites: Austen's Disciples and Devotees, page 13:
- It distracts us from the instability of the opposition between canonical and popular writing: from how uses of the classic text and passions for tradition shift shape when, as the difference between Bardolatry and Janeiteism suggests, we move from one sort of classic text and one sort of tradition to another.
2001, “The Divine Miss Jane”, in Reception Study: From Literary Theory to Cultural Studies, page 125:
- Although the Janeiteism of this period was actually more productive than he acknowledges — giving us, for one thing, Chapman's 1923 edition of Austen's novel, the first scholarly edition of any British novelist - Harding dismisses Janeites as weakling escapists who recur to the idyllic figure of Jane as a "refuge" when "the contemporary world grew too much for them".