JA and the C18
Posted by Cassia on October 16, 1997 at 13:21:14:
In response to But wouldn't you say..., written by Helen on October 15, 1997 at 12:13:43
] ] She isn't true Gothic. She isn't true Romantic. She simply does not fit comfortably into any one style. She is unique. But there is no hint of outlandishness or eccentricity about her. She stands alone.
] ... that she reflects the C18th, with its emphasis on balance and order, rather than the Gothic/romantic schools
I agree with you on that point but there seems to be a growing recognition that the 18th century way had serious defefects. For example, the Early novels (NA, SS, PP) all reflect an acceptence of social structure that is missing from the later novles. She begins to question the role of the gentry in MP; In E it has become so stagnant that it no longer can carry out its "proper function" by P it seems that she finds it nearly an encumbrance.
So more than anything, I'd argue, that JA was a transitional figure aware of all of the changes going on around her; with a healthy admiration for the traditions of Dr Johnson but also looking forward to the age of "New Men". Without ever partaking of high emotionalism and useless drama of the Romantics.
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