Chapter 40. Sexuality

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Fiona Brideoake Research Fellow

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch40

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Brideoake, F. (2009) Sexuality, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch40

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. University of Melbourne, 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:

  • sexuality;
  • The Friendly Jane Austen (“A Well-Mannered Introduction to a Lady of Sense and Sensibility”);
  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, whose 1991 essay “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl”;
  • As Claudia L. Johnson has demonstrated, the Austen incapable of cohabiting, at least conceptually, with a queer feminist in thigh-high boots as of relatively recent provenance;
  • concerns as to the status of sexuality in Austen's texts often sliding imperceptibly into those of Austen's own sexual practices;
  • this concatenation of biographical and textual personae reflects Austen's hypercanonical status;
  • The sexualized body is similarly apparent throughout Persuasion - at the novel's outset, Anne Elliot's beauty is described as having “vanished early”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading