Posted by gkb on November 11, 1997 at 20:57:30:
In response to Kinder, gentler era, written by kat n. on November 11, 1997 at 18:01:43
I am afraid I disagree that the reason Austen's works are currently successful is due to their hinging upon a simpler mode of life. I think the exact opposite--that people are dealing with ever greater moral complexities and Austen provides a mind to match the modern sitiuation--a mind of tough realism combined with hope and faith. Almost a prescription, a healing medicine for the ills of our day. Also, the small communities she wrote about mirror our own communities psychologically, so we can see how to work out the problems of public/private selves in her work. She brings real problems of the individualized self as against and within the community--how to achieve individual freedom yet observe our duties to one another--what could be more relevant in the age of 'ethnic cleansing'?
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