Jane Austen, (born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England-died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, Hampshire, England), was one of the most iconic female writers in the English literature, she wrote around six novels and some short stories and poems. (Paraphrased from https://www.biography.com/)
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You can find more information about Jane Austen life in: https://www.biography.com/people/jane-austen-9192819
She published four novels during her lifetime and two more were published after her death. Her most known work nowadays is the novel “Pride and Prejudice“, which shows her style in writing. Jane’s novels shows the ups and downs that women back in her time had, but mostly how was the idea of love and marriage in that time.
Another novel that have has a huge impact in our society is “Emma“, another romantic novel but with a little change, the main character is a really strong and independent woman. This novel was the reference for a very famous movie from the 90’s called “Clueless“.
You can find more information about Jane’s work in: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jane-Austen
You can watch the movie version of “Pride and Prejudice” from the 1940 in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7XXkg9DUtg
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Jane Austen as a Femenist
The novels of Jane Austen might not be the most feminist, they show women as a wife or a girlfriend but it also shows how women where treated back them. But Jane Austen life is just the life of a feminist.
Jane never called herself as a feminist but the life that she led is the prove that she was one. First of all, she never got married, cause she didn’t want to! She decided to dedicate her life to her work, and that is the second reason, she never want to be someones’s wife and depend on a man, she was in complete control of her life and she work hard to became a human being independent.
Being a women in the 19th century meant to be a wife who take care of the children and the house while the husband works, but Jane didn’t want that for her. As a woman she couldn’t publish her novels so she had to use a pseudonym to be able to publish her work, she was successful and she decided to BE a writer instead of a wife.
You can find more information about Jane as a feminist in: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/was-jane-austen-a-feminist/
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