Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

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And although Kelly doesn’t mention Edward Said’s thesis that Mansfield Park glorified slavery, she nevertheless shows it up as the nonsense it is by relentlessly tracking down each and every hint Austen drops, until she can show that the novel is so heavily littered with stabs at both slavery itself and the Church of England’s complicity in the trade, that for them to be unintended would be a “truly impossible number of coincidences”. Gruel" is Kelly's chapter on Emma, in which Jane references how wealth was concentrated into the hands of a few while workers starved, unable to afford British wheat. To support her contention that for Anne Elliot in Persuasion, “time not only changes, it destroys, it obliterates”, she quotes from the novel about the long years since Anne last saw Captain Wentworth.

Wickham is Darcy and Georgiana’s half-brother, and he was never trying to marry her, just trying get in good with the family. It also refers to British wealth from slave plantations in the Caribbean and how the Christian church profited from them. I listened to this book on audio, which is usually a medium that I have trouble maintaining attention, but this book failed to disappoint.Could Lady Catherine really be a sensible person to appoint Mr Collins to the living at her disposal and then actually welcome his irksome company? e. far more into romantic notions than what was good for me, so the chapter has special interest to me. If you are happy reading Jane Austen’s novels as the Regency era love stories that I have always believed them to be, then don’t read this book.

However I am so frustrated by everything else in this one, including how it seems that Kelly thinks her interpretation is only point of view that matters. Looking at the social and political context of Austen’s work, this analysis shows how she was able to use her stories to comment on serious contemporary subjects, such as feminism, slavery, the treatment of the poor and the power of the Church. obviously someone familiar with the 18th century British literary culture will be aware of some of them, but of all of them? Her face has been chosen to appear on Britain’s 10-pound note (the same amount she was first paid by a publisher). Her novels don’t confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers’ enjoyment.It made me realize the very thorough work that went into this book, as well as her gift for close reading. They saw her books as instructional, beneficial even, for women readers of the age, for those who “needed” to learn to behave. Later in the book, Kelly talks about how Jane includes a character in Mansfield Park who was blessed with ten healthy pregnancies, just as Jane's sister-in-law was at the time of Jane's writing, but who would later die of her eleventh. Anyway, the way to read literary criticism like this isn't to ascribe wholly to whatever the author's interpretations are.

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