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Written by BarbaraSue
(2/20/2011 11:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I do think there is a battle of the sexes going on here, penned by Tarn
"I have still the advantage of you ... by not being a pretty young woman"(12) ~ The author brought to the page the only kind of combat a woman was allowed: the conquest of hearts. Imagine Austen's arrow piercing the century with her assertions and the agreeable women in 1816 who read EMMA ~ that they would find the clever pokes exciting as they had a voice in EMMA for the first time. That Emma would speak that she never intended to marry was a revolutionary novel sentence. So as Mr Knightley reports "who have had no such charm thrown over my senses, must still see, hear, and remember." Chapter 5 ~ That "EMMA is spoiled by being the cleverest of her family." Julia Prewitt Brown argues in Social Change and Literary Form (1979) that Austen gave meaning to domesticity for the first time in English fiction. Her novels are the first to fully assert the cultural significance of marriage and family and their role in socal and moral change. By femininizing her novels Austen affected a revolution in fiction.
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