A sensible woman: Jane Austen criticizes Romanticism…


– Confession: I do not know Austen well enough to comment over there, but this is an interesting post, and I check in for Artsunday at S&R every week.

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Marianne Dashwood, the epitome of sensibility, is the heroine Jane Austen most disapproves of…

The six complete Jane Austen novels divide into three interesting pairs. There are the “place” titles – Northanger Abbeyand Mansfield Park – both of which critique the heroine’s naivete. Emma and Persuasion – the “one word” titles – focus on, in the former case, the consequences of a young woman with too much self-confidence and, in the latter case, the consequences of an older woman’s youthful lack of self-confidence. Finally, there are the “characteristics” titles – Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice – that, via characters in each novel who exhibit behaviors related to the titular characteristics, allow the author to show, in the latter work, how the character weaknesses of the novels’ most important couple, once overcome, lead to marital bliss – and, in the former work, contrast sisters who represent both sense…

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