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British Literature

Attitudes Toward Wealth in Jane Austen’s Fiction

July 16, 2022

In Austen’s world, the rich were imagined to be more honorable, better people. And yet, her fiction showed the exact opposite: the laboring middle classes, or even, the poor as perfectly virtuous. […]

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British Literature

Austenian Heroines and the Right of Primogeniture

July 15, 2022

When it comes to the tradition of primogeniture, Jane Austen’s female protagonists stood no chance. Even though they were educated, they faced constant financial insecurity. Unable to inherit, marriage was their only way out. […]

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British Literature

Class and Economics in Jane Austen’s Novels

July 15, 2022

Understanding the value of British currency, such as a pound, helps the readers know that it was an amount which could potentially be the entire salary of a servant and wasn’t a small sum in the Austenian world. Therefore, a character in the novel, spending a few on a whim would definitely be declaring his status and wealth. […]

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British Literature

Women, Finance, and Marriages in Jane Austen’s Novels

July 7, 2022

Jane Austen’s female characters saw matrimony as a means to secure their and their family’s future. And yet, the laws remained unfair to them. Financially, they were dependent on their husbands, as their property legally belonged to their husband. […]

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British Literature

Dances, Balls, and Courtship in Jane Austen’s Novels

June 29, 2022

In Jane Austen’s day and age, as in her novels, balls were the best place to meet other young people. Dances of all kinds allowed for sanctioned touching between unmarried members of the opposite sex—physical contact that wasn’t acceptable in other circumstances. […]

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British Literature

‘Coming Out’ in Jane Austen’s World

June 29, 2022

Jane Austen’s novels tied ‘coming out’
directly to marriage and its economics. It did not just signify adulthood, but an event where a woman would actively seek opportunities to interact with potential future mates. […]

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