Tag Archives: Jane Austen

Against Vulgarity, After Lionel Trilling

In his seminal essay on Mansfield Park, literary critic Lionel Trilling said the following: “It is beyond human ingenuity to define what we mean by vulgarity, but in Jane Austen’s novels vulgarity has these elements : smallness of mind, insufficiency … Continue reading

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Willoughby And Ferrars: Two Peas In A Pod

One of the more interesting aspects of the way that Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility has been portrayed is the different feelings and judgments people make towards two of its male characters. When Marianne falls passionately in love with Willoughby, … Continue reading

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A Failure Of Political Imagination

In watching the latest Fantastic Beasts movie, I was struck in particular by the failure of many reviewers, who themselves are part of that accursed tribe of contemporary journos, to recognize the subtlety of the portrayal of political matters and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen: The Parson’s Daughter

Jane Austen: The Parson’s Daughter, by Irene Collins One of the great ways to write what is new, or at least striking and rare, about someone is to take an approach that goes against the understanding of our contemporary age. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Real Jane Austen

The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things, by Paula Byrne The title of this book can be taken in at least two ways, and in one of them the meaning of the book is made plain, and in … Continue reading

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Sir William Lucas And The Benefits Of Benign Authorial Providence

One of the more intriguing mysteries of Pride & Prejudice relates to the question of who “betrayed” Elizabeth Bennet to Lady Catherine De Burgh. Various people have tried their hand at unraveling this mystery, and the sorts of solutions we … Continue reading

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It’s Headcanon For A Reason

One of the phenomena that I find particularly interesting is the way that people create canons in their head that are based on existing intellectual properties but are not official and confirmed by those who create those properties. It is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Voices From The World Of Jane Austen

Voices From The World Of Jane Austen, by Malcolm Day This is an interesting book that will obviously appeal to those who are fond of Jane Austen. To be sure, there are other ways that a book like this could … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen: A Beginner’s Guide

Jane Austen: A Beginner’s Guide, by Rob Abbott I am by no means a beginner to Jane Austen, having read her books and books about them starting in high school and continuing since then. Nevertheless, it is always interesting to … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Matters In Jane Austen?

What Matters In Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved, by John Mullen One of the aspects of Jane Austen as a reader is that you feel smarter as a result of reading what Jane Austen has written. Not only are … Continue reading

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