Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

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Read Jane Austen, the Secret Radical Online Free - 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.

Title : Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
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ISBN : 1524732109
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★☆

October 20, 2017

Unfortunately, there is a certain stigma attached to Austen’s works. On the surface, Austen is a sentimental romance novelist who writes about love and relationships and their place within society. Her stories are often perceived as fluff pieces with the romance always prevailing in the end. But...

Abigail rated it ★★★★☆

March 14, 2017

The publicists of Helena Kelly’s Jane Austen: The Secret Radical would have us believe that the book is itself a radical document—an upending of all we “know” about Jane Austen. If the “we” envisioned here means fans who have come to Jane Austen through the filmed adaptations and other popular-cu...

Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

February 09, 2017

Consider carefully before you read this book! If you are happy reading Jane Austen’s novels as the Regency era love stories that I have always believed them to be, then don’t read this book. It might help you to understand some of the influences that affected Jane’s writings which might lead to a...

Bry rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 12, 2017

THIS FUCKING BOOK. ALL THE EYEROLLS. Originally I gave it 2 stars, but after ruminating on it I had to knock it down to 1 star for the author’s sheer audacity because in her mind the only one person to have ever read Jane Austen correctly is herself. *hello eye roll, my old friend* It is as if she...

Kirk rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 13, 2017

Her comments about Mr Knightley are ludicrous!!!!(Dept of Disclaimers: Mr Knightley is my favorite Austen hero) And I'm not talking about those old boring trite age/closeness of family things that I've fought against repeatedly and written about. From John Mullan's review of the book(https://www....

Julie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 01, 2017

I enjoyed this but agree with those reviewers who feel that it is (1) overly assertive about what Austen thought and felt - something which it criticises fairly fiercely in other authors -, that (2) it draws some fairly tenuous connections (just one example; Edward Ferrars and the scissors is far...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2018

Kelly shakes our view of Jane up...a lot! Jane's younger family members grew up in the Victorian Age and tweaked Jane's image to fit the ideal of a pious, quiet, unassuming, Christian woman. Through a deep reading of Jane's novels, Kelly concluded that Jane was a secret radical whose books address...

Hawkgrrrl rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

Ka-boom. This is a great analysis of Jane Austen's 6 novels, putting them into a context that was lost when her publisher sat on her submission for 10 years without publishing, a supremely frustrating act, because it renders her subversive commentary on society out of date. Nothing is more madden...

Eleanor rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 09, 2017

I found this book to be frustrating for a couple of reasons, mostly for the way that Kelly constantly acts like she is the first person to ever imply that Austen's writing was subversive and radical. Most people who are fans of Austen (and thus are interested in reading this kind of book about he...

Melissa rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 19, 2017

The author's tone really rubbed me the wrong way. She wrote very condescendingly, as if anyone who didn't agree with her ideas was a complete idiot. It felt like she was working too hard to make Jane Austen's works fit the "secret radical" image, choosing the most cynical, negative interpretation...

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