Tag Archives: Jane Austen

Jane Austen Will Cure What Ails You

Jane Austen therapy has been prescribed for war vets, London civilians under attack, and people hiding out from Covid.

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Atwood & Austen on Abortion in Texas

Texas’s new abortion law, which incentives citizens to snitch on their neighbors, brings to mind “Handmaid’s Tale,” “1984,” and “Northanger Abbey.”

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Condemned to Read Dickens, Austen

A British judge has ordered a white supremacist to read Dickens and Austen. Why these authors.

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A Christian Attack on Toxic Masculinity

In “Sir Charles Grandison,” Richardson attacks toxic masculinity in ways that feel very modern.

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Woolf and On Board Lit Conversations

To move from Jo Nesbo’s Nordic Noir to Virginia Woolf is to experience emotional whiplash.

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Eternally Damned after Reading a Book

In which I compare Austen’s Marianne and Willoughby to Dante’s Paulo and Francesca.

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Lit Steels Spines in Face of Pressure

One answer to how Austen’s Fanny Price resists the unrelenting family pressure to marry Crawford: she has read Richardson’s “Clarissa.”

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The Delicacy of Dealing with In-Laws

Family relations regarding in-laws are almost always delicate. Austen captures some of the challenges in “Persuasion.”

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Austen’s Mixed Feelings about Gothics

An exploration of Jane Austen’s mixed feelings about the gothic–and about lightweight lit.

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