Mary Evans - Jane Austen and the State

The novelist Jane Austen is often associated with conservatism and her novels can be read as light entertainment depicting a vanished world and its manners. In Jane Austen and the Sate Mary Evans argues that far from endorsing established and conservative views Jane Austen advances a radical critique of the morality ob bourgeois capitalism and demonstrates a concern for the articulation of women’s rights and views whilst bringing out the vulnerability of women in the economic marketplace. What is more, such a critique is of as much relevance to us today as it was in the early nineteenth century.

 

Mary Evans adopts a multidisciplinary approach and her book will appeal to anyone who is interested in Jane Austen’s writing as well as to those concerned with the moral basis of contemporary politics.

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Jane Austen & The State

Tavistock

London and New York, 1987

ISBN 0 422 61370 3

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