I am very interested in the way female writers of the nineteenth century balanced their writing careers and domestic commitments, and how they portrayed female characters engaged in a similar struggle. My undergraduate dissertation explored the professionalisation of female domesticity in middle-class Victorian novels; for my postgraduate thes is, I am looking at the notion of universal sisterhood as a motivator in social campaigning for women, by women.
Jane Austen’s sharp wit, clever characterisation and light ironic touch have always drawn me to her work; my studies since have helped me place her life and novels in a wider social context, and this is what I would like to explore further with the Jane Austen Detectives.
Jane Austen’s life and writing were greatly influenced by her position as a Georgian, middle-class, unmarried woman; but despite the importance and interest of the background to her novels, there is an enduring appeal in them which stretches beyond cultural, historical, gender and class barriers. This rich and multi-layered context to Jane Austen’s deceptively simple love stories emerges strongly from the work of the Jane Austen Detectives, and I am very happy to be involved in this important and original project.
In addition to my involvement with the Jane Austen Detectives, I write my own blog at femlitcake.wordpress.com and contribute to the global issues blog at thinkgeneration.com.
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