Chapter 23. Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Mary Spongberg head

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch23

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Spongberg, M. (2009) Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch23

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968

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Keywords:

  • Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution;
  • Austen's novels also evinced a particular relationship to history that set her apart from other writers of the 1790s;
  • Burke's Reflections offered a critical revision of English nationhood itself;
  • Austen's novels are, however, set emphatically in the England of the present;
  • While her silence on the Revolution rendered her work “patriotic,” in keeping with the anti-Jacobinism that became consensus during the Napoleonic Wars;
  • Warren Roberts's Jane Austen and the French Revolution in 1979 - marked a significant shift in the way in which historians approached Austen

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading