Pride and Prejudice: ‘Lydia’s gape’

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


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley Tauchert
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  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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