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Austen Lecture Day Three

Austen Lecture Day Three - In respecting form order and...

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Austen Lecture, Day Three E316K Austen straddled the eighteenth century and Romantic era. The 18th Century by and large felt that: some people are better than others; that one should do one’s duty; and that reason should predominate. The Romantic era stressed the democracy of the human spirit; inalienable rights; the pursuit of happiness; and emotion/feeling (rather than reason). In championing women’s right to pursue happiness in marriage, Austen was a Romantic.
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Unformatted text preview: In respecting form, order, and decorum, she revealed her allegiance to 18th-century ways and thoughts. In vol. II, ch. 5, she talks of their upcoming visit to the Lake District, and implicitly contrasts what they will bring back from the visit with a Wordsworthian jumble. In vol. III, Elizabeth is forced to rewrite the story she has told herself of Mr. Darcy; she learns that she has been an imperfect reader....
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