Posted by P. Bingham on July 05, 1998 at 16:51:38:
In response to Jane Austen,Mary W, Rousseau and Feminism, written by Caroline on July 04, 1998 at 12:36:59
[Where, for example ,is there reference to Fordyce's Sermons, and his statements on what women should or should not be?]
It was so briefly there that you missed it. "The essential belief was that women, not having been denied powers of reason by providence (no matter what was denied them by poets, rhapsodists, Rousseau and Dr. Fordyce), must learn morals in the same way as men and must therefore be taught to think."
I didn't see this article as insinuating that Jane Austen was a feminist or that her opinions mirrored Wollstonecraft's. Only that, after a better understanding of Wollstonecraft, one can find that she was not so much the radical that she was once perceived to be and so can be compatible to Jane Austen's writing. (I don't think I'll go into that as it requires another forum) I don't personally believe that Jane was in any way a feminist. I have strong opinions about my place in this world (and my daughter's) as a woman, but I would not ever consider myself to be a feminist. I think one can say that Jane Austen might think the same of herself. I do object to the idea, however, that Jane was not familiar with 'feminism' and that she would never have thought to challenge a woman's station in life as I have seen other's state in previous posts (way back, not this group). I think she was very aware of the developements and likely had some opinions of her own, but she chose to voice herself in the only way a 'lady' could, through fiction. And even there she was restricted to voicing herself with parody.
- Yes, but... Caroline 21:17:33 7/05/98 (1)
- I see what you mean P. Bingham 23:22:04 7/05/98 (0)
- oh and... P. Bingham 18:28:55 7/05/98 (0)
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