Critical essays on Jane Austen.
A window into the life of Jane Austen’s mother’s family, the Leighs of Adlestrop, is promised by an unpublished collection of manuscripts which are set to “draw back the curtain on the formalities of society” in Regency England.
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“Austen fans and scholars are certainly thirsty for anything connected to her life, and this collection is comprised of the writings of her ancestors, family, and kin. On the surface, people just get excited anytime anything is in close physical or intellectual proximity with a beloved figure like ,” said Wilkie. “Family relationships are also such a central theme to so many of Austen’s novels that it is quite natural to be curious about her own family and friends.”
To mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, Anne Rowe will explore why her novels are still read, studied and continually adapted for film and television. The exemplary design of Austen’s plots, presented with with and humour, alongside her incisive assessment of the society and morals of her time, have made her novels an essential component of any serious study of English literature. However, since the middle of the twentieth century, the underlying implications of her acerbic wit have been questioned. Was Jane Austen a staunch upholder of the of her time, or a covert revolutionary? Anne Rowe assesses the evidence, paying particular attention to .