The Novel of Manners Depictions Of Gender - Essay

Depictions Of Gender

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Patricia Beer

SOURCE: "Chapter III," in Reader, I Married Him: A Study of the Women Characters of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot, Barnes & Noble Books, 1974, pp. 84-93.

[In the following excerpt, Beer compares Jane Austen's female characters with those of Charlotte Brontë, revealing the changing nature of women's relationship to work and to marriage in the first half of the nineteenth century.]

Between the publication of Jane Austen's Persuasion and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre great social changes occurred. They had begun in Jane Austen's time, of course, and she had apparently not taken...

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