Jane Austen: Feminist In Action

October 14, 2014 12:18 PM

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Jane Austen: Feminist In Action

Jane Austen was certainly not the first feminist in print -- Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of The Rights of Woman was published when Austen was still only 17. But she was certainly the first feminist in action, her novels less remarkable for their emancipatory ideas than they were ground-breaking for their emancipatory example.

You see, by the time Jane Austen came to write, what had been a brief flourishing for feminist ideas had come to a rather abrupt end, as the expression by women of ideas of women's equality with men came to be regarded as essentially immoral, a sure sign of a hopelessly degraded character -- William...

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