was jane austen a feminist?

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I recently wrote a post about classic literature and feminism. I hinted at a blog post dedicated to classic authors like Henry James and Jane Austen. Throughout the past few months, I have read a lot of classic books for fun. That might seem a little crazy to some people, a year ago it would’ve sounded crazy to me, but I’ve found a new love for classics. However, while reading these books, a lot of questions came into my mind because as a feminist, there are some things I think about all the time. While reading, my feminist mind made me think about whether these books could be feminist novels, even if the authors weren’t feminists (and vice versa). The question I want to focus on today, Was Jane Austen really a feminist? And now that I have read most of her books and done research into her life, and I think I have my answer. 

 

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let’s talk about classic literature and feminism

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I love books. When I’m not reading, I’m online looking at thrift books. I particularly like classics and gender studies. But this post is not about gender studies books. After reading books like The Bell Jar and The Portrait of a Lady, I was left with a lot of thoughts and questions. Does having a strong female character makes a book feminist? Does having a feminist author make a book feminist? Can a book still be feminist if the author isn’t one? What if it’s white feminism? Does that mean as much if it was from the 1800s? I don’t know. But hopefully, we can start to think more about it.

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my feminist book guide

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Ever since I really got into social science books, I’ve noticed how similar a lot of them are. That being said, I recently finished the 600+ page, Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. It’s become one of my favorite books, but if it hadn’t been for one of my teachers, I never would’ve read it. The feminist genre is so pervasive in topics and subtopics, this is meant to make things a little clearer. I love reading books, I love writing about books, so this seemed like the perfect post. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment below.

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a feminist-activist booklist​

 

 

As I’ve mentioned, many obnoxious times, I decided to read a lot this summer. I figured that during the school year I wouldn’t be able to read the books I really wanted to. Taking advantage of this time, I’m reading books that I really want to. These are books, that have given me different perspectives on things, given me new role models, and have helped shape my views as a feminist. I’ll leave links to the books, but I also recommend checking out your local used books stores. A few of these books I found at used books stores, for cheap and still good quality.  I also really like book recommendations, so feel free to leave them down in the comments.

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