Lost in a Chick Lit Austenland
Now you all know my Jane Austen story—how happening onto a copy of Northanger Abbey in a discount bin set me up to be a literature professor. There was something seriously different about that book, in tone and craft, that set it off from the gothic romances of Victoria Holt I had been reading for pleasure for several years. I knew it, but I didn’t know how to talk about it. Not until years later.
KeywordsSexist Double Standard Love Story Realistic Portrait Literary Merit Aesthetic Practice
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