Posted by Caroline on June 06, 1998 at 22:37:41:
In response to firstname.lastname@example.org, written by Linden on June 06, 1998 at 20:59:32
Of course JA is not as romantic in the Hollywood sense as Byron, but surely one of the reasons for the appeal of her novels is that they are cracking good love stories.
Yes, they are cracking good love stories. But the Romantic Movement wasn't about love stories, was it? Fielding's stories are love stories, so are Shakespeare's (and some of them are very romantic).
Marianne Dashwood is an exploration of the cult of Sensiblity. Catherine Morland is an exploration of the cult of the Sublime(and she goes from sublime to Ridiculous! ;-) ) The Romantic Movement was separate from both of these, was it not? Where in Jane Austen do you find references to the supernatural, to magic and mysticism, to the individual finding their own sense of right regardless of society's demands? In Captain Benwick's reading, perhaps.
I think Jane Austen is to Romanticism what La Fille Mal Gardee is to La Sylphide
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