Pride and Prejudice: ‘Lydia’s gape’

  • Ashley Tauchert
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)

Abstract

Terry Castle asked us recently to look seriously at the question: ‘How bad are most of the novels produced by English women writers in the decades before Jane Austen?’278 Since Jane Spencer demonstrated that Austen did not emerge fully formed from the mists of women’s pre-literate history, we have been rightly preoccupied with documenting the relatively long and complex history of women’s writing prior to Austen. Perhaps this has drawn our attention from acknowledging the specific nature of her achievement in the context of that history.

Keywords

Assure Settling Prozac Dinate Lost 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 277.
    Fielding, Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge of Reason (London: Picador, 2004), p. 5.Google Scholar
  2. 278.
    Terry Castle, ‘sublimely Bad’, Boss Ladies, Watch Out! Essays on Women, Sex, and Writing (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), p. 137.Google Scholar
  3. 281.
    Simon Baron-Cohen, ‘The extreme-male-brain theory of autism’, in H. Tager-Flusberger (ed.), Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999).Google Scholar
  4. 282.
    Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2000), p. 160.Google Scholar
  5. 284.
    Rachel Brownstein, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice’ in Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen (Cambridge, 2002), p. 53.Google Scholar
  6. 287.
    Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman (London: Everyman, 1995), p. 105.Google Scholar
  7. 301.
    Patricia Waugh, ‘Modernism, Posmodernism, Gender: The View from Feminism’, in Kemp and Squires (eds), Feminisms, p. 211. She is quoting from Jean Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness (New York: Philosophical Library, 1956).Google Scholar
  8. 302.
    Arielle Eckstut, Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen (Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2003), pp. 25–6.Google Scholar
  9. 306.
    Georg Lukacs, The Theory of the Novel (tr.) Anna Bostock (London: Merlin Press, 1971), p. 75.Google Scholar
  10. 319.
    John Peck and Martin Cole, A Brief History of English Literature (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2002), p. 149.Google Scholar
  11. 321.
    Sally Alexander and Barbara Taylor, ‘In Defence of “Patriarchy” ’, in Mary Evans (ed.) The Woman Question: Readings on the Subordination of Women (Oxford: Fontana Press, 1982), p. 80.Google Scholar
  12. 323.
    Germaine Greer, The Whole Woman (London: Anchor, 2000), p. 19.Google Scholar
  13. 324.
    T.W. Adorno, ‘Lyric Poetry and Society’ (trans.) Bruce Mayo, Telos, 20 (Spring 1974), p. 58.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Ashley Tauchert 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley Tauchert
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

Personalised recommendations