Modern readers aren’t quite as interested in a tale where virtue is rewarded and vice punished, but it’s her best regardless.
In her satirical take on Gothic fiction, Austen pokes fun at some of the overwrought conventions prevalent at the time, but is careful not to condemn the genre as a whole.
Throughout ‘Northanger Abbey,’ Jane Austen explains why an untempered imagination can be misleading, and why real life is more mysterious than fiction.
Jane Austen finds value in the social conventions of her day throughout the pages of ‘Northanger Abbey,’ because manners do matter.
A woman doesn’t need to be impossibly beautiful or virtuous in order to overcome challenges like a protagonist in a novel.
Reading ‘Northanger Abbey’ is essential to understanding Jane Austen’s use of satire throughout the entire canon of her books.
Virtues like courage and moderation are character traits that reveal themselves when one is faced with great adversity or great pleasure.
Throughout each and every one of her novels, Jane Austen explores the practical outworkings of virtue—making her the mother of ‘the mother of all virtues.’
Not widely read until after her untimely passing at age 41, Jane Austen’s works became popular around 15 years later, were all republished in 1832, and have not gone out of print since.
Despite the progressive lessons of their elders, many young people are embracing old-fashioned norms like marriage and traditional gender roles.
If you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan, I want to offer a few words of caution, with a better recommended book list.
Technology and capitalism may have given us more comfort and power than we can handle.
What’s expected dating policy today dooms us all to a life of happily never after.
On our wedding anniversary, I consider some lessons marriage has taught me. A few are counter-cultural; some are surprisingly not.
Calling kids purple penguins instead of boys and girls in Lincoln, Nebraska schools is just a first step towards remaking gendered thoughts.
If Erika Johansen really wanted ugly heroines in literature, why would she have let a movie studio cast Emma Watson as star of The Queen of the Tearling?
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