Colin Firth's Shirt: Jane Austen and the Rise of the Female Gaze
She died 200 years ago. But her writing fits perfectly into the culture of the current moment.
THIS is the sort of article I’ve been hoping to see published in relation to Austen’s 200th. A much needed breath of fresh air after all that “people are reading Austen wrong” nonsense.
It captures what I badly bungled while trying to express the other day: That Austen’s wit/socio-critcism AND her romantic sensibilities are both part and parcel of what makes her an Ur-Mother of the romance.
We as a genre took both from her - contrary to claims that we distilled her novels down to the love plot and failed to absorb all the rest.