Pride and Prejudice

byJane AustenIntroduction bySylvia Hunt

November 5, 2015|
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Just as Jane Austen herself has been misinterpreted, so have her novels. The perception that Austen’s stories are little more than simple romantic vignettes of English country life and social custom has generally been an accepted reading. This interpretation of her work is based more on our nostalgic re-construction of the Regency period, influenced in part by Hollywood’s understanding of Austen’s novels, as well as a failure to read beneath the author’s satiric humour. While her novels do end with the heroine’s wedding, Austen is just as, if not more, interested in all the other women who populate her stories. These are the women who are not necessarily provided with the happy ending, either through their own fault or because of forces outside of their limited control. The tongue-in-cheek irony behind Austen’s comment that Pride and Prejudice is “too light, bright, & sparkling” is often overlooked. In fact, Pride and Prejudice is a protofeminist critique of contemporary education and marriage that aligns her less with sentimental novelists like Fanny Burney and Maria Edgeworth and more with feminist thinkers like Mary Wollstonecraft. Austen’s humour is deceptive; beneath the surface lays a deep dissatisfaction with the type of life the term “gentility” forces on women.
Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens l...
Title:Pride and Prejudice
Product dimensions:292 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:292 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.7 in
Published:November 5, 2015
Publisher:Universitas Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780993995118

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