Charlotte and Elizabeth: Guardians of the Female Mind in Pride and Prejudice

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Charlotte and Elizabeth: Guardians of the Female Mind in Pride and Prejudice

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dc.contributor.author Alafaireet, Lamia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-05T16:35:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-05T16:35:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-30
dc.identifier.citation Artifacts, 6 (2012) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15656
dc.description.abstract In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's depiction of womanhood is both varied and expansive. A woman can be gentle in spirit, incapable of finding ill in others. Daughters can be impossibly “silly” in their romantic endeavors. Wives are sometimes obnoxious, meddling fools with easily disturbed nerves. Even women linked by their intelligence, such as Charlotte and Elizabeth, differ in terms of practicality and adherence to social norms. There is, however, a factor that distinguishes intelligent females in the novel from the unintelligent: their insistence on maintaining privacy from male influence. From a feminist perspective, Jane Austen's emphasis on female personal space implies that intelligent women must secure privacy in order to remain independent, freethinking individuals within a patriarchal society. By linking privacy with mental growth, Austen takes part in a larger network of feminist literature in which private space is equated with female creativity and freedom from domestic duties. Therefore, Austen's examination of privacy serves as a critique of limitations on female intellectual growth. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Rhetoric and Composition Program, University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Artifacts (Journal) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Artifacts;6 (2012)
dc.subject Jane Austen en_US
dc.subject Virginia Woolf en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Pride and prejudice
dc.subject.lcsh Women in literature
dc.title Charlotte and Elizabeth: Guardians of the Female Mind in Pride and Prejudice en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of English


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