The feminists have discovered <em>The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After</em>. 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?
Author of The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After
Elizabeth Kantor is the author most recently of <em>The Jane Austen Guide to<br> Happily Ever After</em>, which proposes Jane Austen as a viable alternative <br> to modern mating patterns. She has also written <em>The Politically<br> Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature </em> and articles for <br> publications ranging from <em>National Review Online</em> to the <em>Boston Globe.</em> <br> <br> Kantor taught English literature to college students, served as the <br> editor of a book club, and now edits books for Regnery Publishing. She <br> earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at <br> Chapel Hill and an M.A. in philosophy from Catholic University of <br> America. She lives with her husband and son in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Ever wish you could be a Jane Austen heroine? Do you recognize yourself (or anyone else) in any of these romantic dilemmas? Jane Austen's solutions might work for you! Figure out which heroine provided the romance advice in the mini-quizzes below!
06/05/2012 01:57 EDT
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 <em>Verily</em> magazine offers something a little more realistic to today's woman.
05/29/2012 08:10 EDT
The publicity material for <em>Girls</em>, 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
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
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