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Is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice better characterised as a Romantic or Victorian novel?

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It is difficult to classify Jane Austen's novels in terms of time period/literary movement, though her novels do fall in the Romantic period in terms of their publication dates. For example, Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, which is the height of the Romantic era in English poetry. The Romantic poets valued individuality, creative expression, and supernatural, mysterious, or mythological themes (in response to the Age of Reason with its emphasis on rationality over emotion and creativity). Jane Austen's novels don't necessarily fit that description, though, as her works are social novels and often deal with marriage in the early 1800s in a very realistic manner.

Austen's novels would definitely not be considered Victorian since they were published before Queen Victoria took the throne in the...

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