• 200 Years After Her Death, Jane Austen Refuses to Meet Our Polite Expectations

    4 monthes ago - By Tablet Magazine

    Two-hundred years after her death at age 41 on July 18, 1817, Jane Austen is both wildly popular and often disliked; she's accessible yet distant. She's canonical enough to be pictured on the new British £10 note, yet some men unabashedly say that they just don't get her, it's a chick thing. Her subject matter is too restricted, or her novels are too “indoors,” or she's a prisoner of unexamined assumptions about social class, or her morality is too prim.
    I would venture a different explanation for these criticisms: “Feminine” is code for something else. These readers are annoyed by her...
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