Posted by Janet on April 18, 1998 at 10:40:28:
In response to Jane Austen vs. her society, written by The Mysterious H.C. on April 18, 1998 at 09:38:42
] ] A real danger in reading a 200 year old novel, it seems to me, is that of projecting the concerns and fads from our own time into the mind of the writer and her characters. I suspect that feminist concerns would have no more meaning or interest to Jane than, say, space travel or pepsi-cola. The impression I receive in reading her is that this was the world she was born into and that she accepts it unquestioningly, and contrives to make great art from the material at hand.
] Yes and no; Jane Austen wasn't a radical reformer, and didn't have any particular concrete prescription to offer for social change; but on the other hand, she was very aware of injustices that affected specific people (mainly of her own class), and does show them, though mainly in a rather cool manner:
I agree, Henry. It is certainly clear to me that Jane Austen wrote of the foibles and ironies of the people and situations that she recognized. She described (albeit sometimes subtly) the differences of class as well as a woman's role in society as she understood them.
I would not attach the feminist label to her, but do I see leanings? You betcha!
- My mantra Erin 11:35:27 4/18/98 (9)
- The term "feminist" Carolyn B 14:49:25 4/19/98 (8)
- Defining Feminism Marie Bernadette 18:29:44 4/20/98 (6)
- More on feminism and Austen Erin 22:18:37 4/21/98 (1)
- JA as Humanist Marie Bernadette 13:43:58 4/22/98 (0)
- Arguing over semantics : ) Carolyn B 19:37:22 4/20/98 (3)
- Semantic antics Marie Bernadette 13:50:34 4/22/98 (0)
- The Vote -- not very good example (try education) The Mysterious H.C. 22:34:23 4/20/98 (1)
- This is (in an oblique way, perhaps) my point ; -) Carolyn B 21:44:14 4/21/98 (0)
- Made perfect sense to me... MB 16:39:53 4/20/98 (0)
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