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|Re: JA and working class novels
Written by Leif G-n
(3/10/2003 2:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I didn't make myself very clear, I guess., penned by donald s. taylor
That kind of argument is against a Jane Austen that never existed. She never was a saint, that's a misconception. She was intelligent,and had an unusual talent for writing, but otherwise was not much different from you and me.
So Jane Austen is not writing about servants or other members of the working class. Why should she? First of all I can't see how they would fit into the kind of novels she wrote.
I'm convinced that with her perception she was critical to a lot of things in her time, but not publicly. Remember womens situation in general and her situation in particular.
She is writing about her own class. Does that mean that she didn't care about any other people?
If she had lived for another 30 years, we might have seen her writing a different kind of novel. She would naturally have been influenced by the changing times too.
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