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The Revolutionary Force of Miss Elizabeth Bennet

The Revolutionary Force of Miss Elizabeth Bennet

In an unusual celebration of the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, on 26 January 2013 The Guardian released a series of new readings...

Posted: May 18th 2015

An Accomplished Female

An Accomplished Female

In Pride and Prejudice, Mr Bingley famously sings the praises of young ladies and their accomplishments. And while he certainly means to be...

Posted: May 18th 2015

Jane Austen and the Victorians, part I: George Eliot’s literary foremother

Jane Austen and the Victorians, part I: George Eliot’s literary foremother

The Jane Austen Detectives’ key aim is to find new and original ways of engaging with our literary heritage; this is one reason...

Posted: May 18th 2015

Georgian Servants

Georgian Servants

Jane Austen’s letters and novels, with their perfect awareness of household economics and the importance of money, are often cited even by historians...

Posted: May 18th 2015

Jane Austen and the Victorians, Part II: A bid for women’s rights

Jane Austen and the Victorians, Part II: A bid for women’s rights

Recently, following the recognition of Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar for their work in tracing a subversive tradition of female voices in the...

Posted: May 18th 2015

Jane Austen and Health

Jane Austen and Health

Among the caricatures in Jane Austen’s novels, the hypochondriac, in various guises, makes regular appearances. They are often fairly prominent characters, such as...

Posted: May 18th 2015

Jane Austen and Humour

Jane Austen and Humour

Gabrielle Moss recently tackled the notion that ‘women aren’t funny’: in a list dating from 1695 right up to 2012, she quotes one...

Posted: May 18th 2015

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Jane Austen and Children

Jane Austen and Children

Many readers and critics have pointed to the conspicuous absence in Jane Austen’s novels of children. This is particularly evident if Jane Austen’s...

Posted: May 18th 2015

Jane Austen and the Literary Foremothers, Part IV: Mary Wollstonecraft

Jane Austen and the Literary Foremothers, Part IV: Mary Wollstonecraft

In our studies of ‘literary foremothers’ and female literary influences on Jane Austen, we have so far predominantly considered female novelists who wrote...

Posted: May 18th 2015

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