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  • Titill er á ensku Reinventing Jane: The Cult of Jane Austen in the Twenty-First Century
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    Jane Austen is an author whose works and reputation have won the hearts of readers in all corners of the world, and secured her a permanent place in the canon of not only English but world literature, as well. Her six novels focus on the emotional portraits of ordinary people within quaint, unexceptional English villages. Their light-hearted romances and qualms, sprinkled with sarcasm in the shape of author’s narrative voice, without exception result in happy endings. However unimpressive her themes and stories may seem, throughout the years Austen has been read and loved by kings, generals and soldiers, as well as intellectuals, radicals and the common folk. More importantly, Austen is one of the few, if not the only female author of her time whose works have reached the peak of their popularity over two centuries after their initial publishing, in an era exceptionally different from her own. This essay focuses on the rise of popularity of the works of Jane Austen in the era of post-feminist and capitalist sociocultural influences, the reasons behind it as well as its effects on the current perception and image of the author. The question of the modern day appreciation of Austen is answered trough an exploration of the history of critique of her work, as well as the analysis of the current, capitalist-influenced iteration of fourth-wave feminism, dubbed “marketplace feminism” by author Andi Zeisler. Examined as well are the methods of adapting Austen to fit to this ideology, through films, spin-offs and blogs, as well as her overall presence, promoted by her ardent fans, the Janeites. In conclusion, the resulting twenty first century perceptions of Austen are revealed to be directly correlated to the misogynist, patriarchal-influenced “chick-lit” culture, thus corrupting the modern understanding of Jane Austen as a feminist author.

  • 9.5.2018

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