Jane Austen's Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-Feminism

Jane Austen's Juvenilia: Beautiful Proto-Feminism

big-austen-726x400Devoney Looser, Professor of English at Arizona State University, has published a wonderful article that highlights the fire and feminism in what is possibly Jane's most satirical work - her Juvenilia, which consists of 74,000 words written when Jane was between the ages of 11 and 17.
Lady Susan is a human train wreck, a hot mess, but many readers can’t help being charmed by the character’s manipulative intelligence, just as the gullible men who come under her spell are taken in by her sex appeal and uncanny ability to reflect back what they want her to be.
Evidence that even when she was a child, Jane was a writer with a ready wit and a sharp sense of humour.
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