Posted by Erin on April 18, 1998 at 11:35:27:
In response to Leanings, written by Janet on April 18, 1998 at 10:40:28
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 agree as well. My oft spoken mantra is that Austen presents an ideal of what her society ought to be versus what it actually is...but she offers ways that her characters can achieve freedom (defined essentially as a retention of individuality) within society, without forsaking it. It is for this reason I would not classify her as a feminist, this is not her agenda. If there are hints of a feminist bent then they come as a natural result of her primary agenda: achievement of freedom within the social sphere --this ideal applies to both genders.
- 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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