Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England by Roger Sales

By Roger Sales

In Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England, Roger revenues seems at Jane Austen's whole oeuve, and perspectives her traditionally as a Regency author voicing issues at the of England.
analyzing Austen's literary works; her letters - within the context of these of alternative Regency girls; in addition to modern texts equivalent to tv diversifications of her paintings, Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England reconstructs the breadth of Jane Austen's writing. It additionally examines:
* her representations of dandyism and masculine identities
* the occasions of the Regency difficulty of 1810-12
* the way Austen engaged in topical debates equivalent to healthcare in either Emma and Persuasion.

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Patrick O’Donovan took readers of the Observer Magazine on a nostalgic 12 The Regency reproduced pilgrimage to Chawton Village on 14 December 1975. He assured them that Austen could not possibly have been unhappy there because she lived in ‘the sort of house that every civilised man in England now covets’. He associates the Regency period with civilisation rather than with coarseness and implies very strongly that civilisation in any period is a male preserve. All forms of conflict are seen as being alien to ‘a society in which everyone seemed content’.

Brabourne has Austen say, for the benefit of Queen Victoria and his other readers, that she ‘was as civil to them as circumstances would allow me’ (B, 1, p. 243). The second example comes a little bit earlier and concerns a particularly grotesque description of Mrs Warren. As will become more apparent during the more detailed reading of the letters that follows, Austen gains power in these texts by playing the part of an impatient dramatist who places characters on her stage only to dismiss them briskly and contemptuously.

There is currently some doubt about whether this adaptation will ever be made. The 1980 BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will be considered here to illustrate the ways in which both Austen and the Regency period have become associated not just with the promotion of a general idea of Englishness but also, more specifically, with the marketing of heritage products. Five fifty-five minute episodes were transmitted on BBC 2 on Sunday evenings with a repeat in an early evening slot on Wednesdays, which was designed to make the programmes more accessible to younger viewers.

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