Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!But, now that you mention it, will Jane Austen have to go?
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER MARCH 20, 2017
… But in an article published March 12 in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled“Alt-Right Jane Austen” (and illustrated with a drawing of the beloved British novelist in a Make America Great Again hat), Nicole M. Wright, an assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado, describes finding a surprising Austen fan base.
“No one who reads Jane Austen’s words with any attention and reflection can possibly be alt-right,” Elaine Bander, a retired professor and a former officer of the Jane Austen Society of North America, said in an email.
In the 1993 book “Culture and Imperialism,” the Palestinian-American literary critic Edward W. Said argued that Austen’s novel “Mansfield Park” glorifies the grand estates of England but is silent about the West Indian slave plantations that supported many of them. …You know, it’s almost as if in husband-hunting, inequality is a feature not a bug in a beau …
In recent years, scholars have tried to find diversity in the seemingly all-white world of Austen, digging into subjects like Miss Lambe, a character in her unfinished final novel, “Sanditon,” described as a “half mulatto” heiress from the West Indies. (Yes, there is a scholarly paper with the title “The Silence of Miss Lambe.”)You know, Lin-Manuel Miranda might have some ideas on how to fix that …Comment at Unz.com]