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Jane Austen’s Erotic Advice

Sarah Raff


Scholars usually envision Austen as the passive victim or beneficiary of the “Janeite” tributes that do so much to define her for the popular imagination. Raff’s claim, by contrast, is that the phenomenon of Janeism—both the exorbitant devotion that Austen inspires in her readers and the peculiar forms this devotion often takes—is the consequence of Austen’s design. When today’s readers consult Austen-themed divination toys for advice about their romantic lives or declare themselves “in love” with Austen, they adopt a role that Austen actively prompted them to take. Raff explores the origins o ... More

Keywords: Jane Austen, erotic, advice, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Fanny Knight, Janeite, Janeism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199760336
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Raff, author
Pomona College