Romancing Jane Austen

Narrative, Realism, and the Possibility of a Happy Ending

  • Ashley Tauchert

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

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We celebrate Jane Austen as the mother of the English realist novel, but have you ever wondered why she insists on giving her mature heroines the 'perfect happiness' that can only be realized in the romance? Romancing Jane Austen asks the reader to consider Austen's happy endings as a 'prophetic' rather than merely 'illusory' answer to the contradiction that feminine subjectivity represents for history. A happy ending for the feminine subject? But that would be against all the empirical odds...


Jane Austen novel realism Romanticism

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

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