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Why Jane Austen?

Rachel Brownstein


From the first publication of Pride and Prejudice to recent film versions of her life and work, Jane Austen has continued to provoke controversy and inspire fantasies of peculiar intimacy. Whether celebrated for her realism, proto-feminism, or patrician gentility, imagined as a subversive or a political conservative, Austen generates passions shaped by the ideologies and trends of her readers' time—and by her own memorable stories, characters, and elusive narrative cool. This book considers constructions of Jane Austen as a heroine, moralist, satirist, romantic, woman, and author and the chang ... More

Keywords: Jane Austen, realism, proto-feminism, patrician gentility, heroine, moralist, satirist, romantic, novelist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153911
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Brownstein, author

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