Touching upon Jane Austen's Politics

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In this essay, Devoney Looser examines previous claims about Austen’s and her family’s political affiliations and beliefs in order to deepen understanding of her legacy. The essay examines how categorizing Austen’s politics took shape, solidified, and shifted in the Victorian era, by turning to her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh’s descriptions of his aunt’s party affiliation in A Memoir of Jane Austen (1870). His descriptions of her in the messy context of mid-century political labels, it is argued, may give us greater insight into his own political positions than into hers, providing the groundwork for a long-running tradition of ‘political mirroring’ where Austen is concerned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Jane Austen
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429675263
ISBN (Print)9780367027292
StatePublished - Oct 14 2021

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