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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

Helena Kelly

A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how subversive and daring--how truly radical--a writer she was. In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow social worlds of her time that became the hallmark of Austen's work to bring to light the serious, ambitious, deeply subversive nature of this beloved writer. Kelly illuminates the radical subjects--slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church, evolution, among them--considered treasonous at the time, that Austen deftly explored in the six novels that have come to embody an age. The author reveals just how in the novels we find the real Jane Austen: a clever, clear-sighted woman "of information," fully aware of what was going on in the world and sure about what she thought of it. We see a writer who understood that the novel--until then seen as mindless "trash"--could be a great art form and who, perhaps more than any other writer up to that time, imbued it with its particular greatness.

A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how subversive and daring--how truly radical--a writer she was. In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow social worlds of her time that became the hallmark of Austen's work to bring to light the serious, ambitious, deeply subversive nature of this beloved writer. Kelly illuminates the radical subjects--slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church, evolution, among them--considered treasonous at the time, that Austen deftly explored in the six novels that have come to embody an age. The author reveals just how in the novels we find the real Jane Austen: a clever, clear-sighted woman "of information," fully aware of what was going on in the world and sure about what she thought of it. We see a writer who understood that the novel--until then seen as mindless "trash"--could be a great art form and who, perhaps more than any other writer up to that time, imbued it with its particular greatness.
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A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how subversive and daring--how truly radical--a writer she was. In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow social worlds of her time that became the hallmark of Austen's work to bring to light the serious, ambitious, deeply subversive nature of this beloved writer. Kelly illuminates the radical subjects--slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church, evolution, among them--considered treasonous at the time, that Austen deftly explored in the six novels that have come to embody an age. The author reveals just how in the novels we find the real Jane Austen: a clever, clear-sighted woman "of information," fully aware of what was going on in the world and sure about what she thought of it. We see a writer who understood that the novel--until then seen as mindless "trash"--could be a great art form and who, perhaps more than any other writer up to that time, imbued it with its particular greatness.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Emma Bering

Length:

14h 42m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:15


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:43


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:44


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:44


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:56


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:30


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:39


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:06


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:51


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:24


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:59


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:37


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:10


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:57


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:50


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:38


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:57


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:06


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:56


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:29


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:30


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:33