Jane Austen, then and now

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Will

Will writes from Washington, D.C. (well, Arlington, Virginia). You can reach him at willblogcorrespondence at gmail dot com.

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    My take on Madame Austen: http://culturedetritus.blogspot.com/2009/12/prejudice-against-pride.html

    In summary, after reading Pride and Prejudice (minus zombies), I think I understood her enduring appeal and its nature better. Austen’s work is protofeminist in an interesting way: her heroes are strong, smart, and independent women who also basically just want to get married to handsome guys. She offers a holistic and, critically, completely apolitical vision of womanhood. This is why men are at best indifferent to her work, as she has little to say to them. But women? There is a lot there for them, and compared to forthrightly misogynistic tripe like Twilight, a woman could do a lot worse than old Jane.Report

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