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Professor Nicole Aljoe reveals an overlooked side of Jane Austen’s character

Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the passing of famed Victorian author Jane Austen, Northeastern News conducted an interview with Dr. Nicole Aljoe, associate professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) affiliated faculty. Dr. Aljoe explained the significance of previously overlooked experiences in Austen’s life, specifically several years she spent living in the British town of Bath, a time that shaped her life and consequently her writing.

“The image we have of Austen as a shy and retiring writer is not an accurate one, and indeed may say more about our persistence in misunderstanding and misrepresenting female artists.

This research has also helped develop an understanding that Austen’s nuanced representations of human character came from direct experience and observation – of course, joined to her aesthetic strategies – the best known of which is her use of parody and satire.”

Published On: July 20, 2017 |
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