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Elizabeth Kantor

Author of The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

Elizabeth Kantor is the author most recently of The Jane Austen Guide to
Happily Ever After
, which proposes Jane Austen as a viable alternative
to modern mating patterns. She has also written The Politically
Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
and articles for
publications ranging from National Review Online to the Boston Globe.

Kantor taught English literature to college students, served as the
editor of a book club, and now edits books for Regnery Publishing. She
earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and an M.A. in philosophy from Catholic University of
America. She lives with her husband and son in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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What Feminists Really Think of Jane Austen

The feminists have discovered The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After. Or, at the very least, decided that they can't go on ignoring it -- and they're definitely not sold. But does taking a modern approach on Austen's classic work ruin it? Which approach really reduces Austen's work? Taking her principles seriously, and asking how her insights might apply today? Or dismissing her ideas about love and sex -- wherever they don't overlap with modern enlightened opinion -- as blind prejudices that she would surely grow out of if only we could whisk her to the 21st century?
08/21/2012 12:06 EDT

The Antidote to Cosmo

So have you seen that statistic about what fashion magazines do to the female brain? Apparently it takes just three minutes of looking at the sculpted bodies of the models to make 70 per cent of women "depressed, guilty, and ashamed." But the new Verily magazine offers something a little more realistic to today's woman.
05/29/2012 08:10 EDT

HBO's "Girls" -- Is it Really Less Humiliating Now Than it Was in the '50s?

The publicity material for Girls, the HBO series that claims to be "a pop culture mirror" reflecting the real lives of 20-somethings in New York. Surely the most benighted pre-liberation '50-style womanhood couldn't be any more humiliating than the conditions that liberated modern women routinely tolerate today.
04/30/2012 05:51 EDT

How Jane Austen Can Save Your Love Life

Jane Austen is the obvious guru to go to if modern women want love lives with more dignity. Her keen insights into male and female psychology can teach women to be really competent about men; and her novels are the model for a kind of love that modern women have almost given up hoping for.
04/20/2012 08:42 EDT