Try a book.
Posted by P. Bingham on January 14, 1998 at 22:52:12:
In response to Need help with JA influence, written by Joyce on January 13, 1998 at 00:48:46
I think I agree with Myretta. It is very difficult to make someone appreciate something when he already has his mind set against it. Trying to change his opinion can likely lead only to hardening his opinion. It might not be worth it.
But Jane Austen does have an exhausting number or prolific admirers, all with daunting literature degrees. My advice to you would be to go to the library and peruse the many books, not written about her but critiquing her work. You'll find that many of these critiques are men. Photo copy a few of the most impressive ones, making certain to include the author's credentials. I think you will find that this will speak better for you. If you try to explain the facts to him yourself he'll probably feel you are only trying to justify your own position. If you go this route, make sure you don't overwhelm him with it. Just a few pieces of the best will do. Men like to scan things quickly and get it over with...
As far as the rest of your request, the info that gave him that impression, I can't help you there.
If you decide to fallow this advice and it doesn't work... my advice to you would be to take Caroline's advice!
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