Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism

Editors: Looser, Devoney (Ed.)

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In recent decades the vision of Austen as a subversive or rebellious author has appeared most forcefully in the varied scholarship of feminist literary critics. Some feminists have fashioned an Austen more closely linked to what Juliet Mitchell has called 'The Longest Revolution' (the women's movement) than to the French Revolution; others have vehemently disagreed. Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism involves - among other things - a reassessment of these versions of Austen's relationship to feminisms. By foregrounding issues of artistic merit, genre, and history, many literary critics have effectively ignored issues of gender in their studies of Austen; feminist scholarship provided an important corrective. On the other hand, some feminist criticism, although it approached Austen's texts in innovative ways, gave short shrift to issues of history, literary genre, social context, or artistry. This volume aims implicitly and explicitly to recap second-wave feminist attention to Austen and to suggest new directions that criticism on Austen might take.

About the authors

DEVONEY LOOSER is the author of British Women Writers and the Writing of History (2000) and the editor of Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (1997). She is assistant professor at Louisiana State University and is a member of the board of directors of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Reviews

'Including essays by some of the most stimulating specialists in the novel and the 'new' literary period, 1770-1830, this provocative, sometimes daring, collection will quickly become required reading for all engaged with applications of feminist theories, with women in the literary marketplace, and, of course, with Jane Austen.' Paula Backscheider


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism
Editors
  • Devoney Looser
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-12367-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 197
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