Was Jane Austen a Secret Radical?
I argue "No, she wasn't."
Check out my four-part blog series about
Jane Austen: The Secret Radical
My blog series,
Clutching my Pearls,
an exploration of Jane Austen's values and beliefs
Favourite Jane Austen podcasts:
Podcasts which discuss Jane Austen from the perspective of her writing craft and her moral lessons:
Can't get enough of Fanny Price? Or can't figure out why Austen created such an apparently meek heroine?
Can't figure out why Henry and Mary Crawford are the baddies in Mansfield Park, or wish do you wish that Fanny had married Henry? Check out this thoughtful article which explains "In Mansfield Park, Austen sketches a picture of wit without candor, of intelligence without a moral compass, in both Henry and Mary Crawford. She shows us that, even more than brilliance, virtue is the greatest human good."
My blog has branched out to include discussions of now-obscure female writers who were contemporaries of Austen. For more biographies of these authoresses, check out this Chawton House page.
You don't want to miss my parody literary fiction review generator, published at The Rambling: Is your novel a "hauntingly observed meditation"
or a "delicately textured exploration"?
Use the Literary Fiction review generator!
On-line Articles I've written about Austen
"A Dangerous Intimacy" -- why was it so objectionable for the young people to stage a play at Mansfield Park?
My article about the French emigres who fled to England during the French Revolution
My article about Mansfield Park and "conduct novels"
My take on Penelope Clay and how I wrote the story about her for Rational Creatures
The Loneliness of the long-distance Austen heroine.
"Interrogating Jane" -- the debate around Austen and slavery.
Great video introduction to Austen:
"She was an ambitious and stern moralist... the novel was her chosen weapon in the struggle to reform humanity."
Write like Austen is a website which will let you know which words Jane Austen used. For example, she never used the words "mayhap" or "steed."
Read with Austen: A digital re-creation of the library at her wealthy brother's estate at Godmersham Park
The Godmersham Lost Sheep Society
is looking for books that used to belong to Jane Austen's relations, the Knight family. (Austen's brother Edward was adopted by the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Knight.)
Click here for more details and images of the book plates which will help antiquarian book lovers identify these books.