Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen

Laughing Feminism Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen Laughing Feminism focuses on comedy in the works of Frances Burney Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen authors who scrutinized the subjected prejudices against women in order to expose their absurdity

  • Title: Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen
  • Author: Audrey Bilger
  • ISBN: 9780814330548
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • Laughing Feminism focuses on comedy in the works of Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen, authors who scrutinized the subjected prejudices against women in order to expose their absurdity and encourage readers to laugh at the folly of sexist views Audrey Bilger shows that these women writers employed a full arsenal of comic weapons such as satire, burlesque, aLaughing Feminism focuses on comedy in the works of Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen, authors who scrutinized the subjected prejudices against women in order to expose their absurdity and encourage readers to laugh at the folly of sexist views Audrey Bilger shows that these women writers employed a full arsenal of comic weapons such as satire, burlesque, and parody to combat patriarchal nonsense and make comedy out of the discrepancies between the myth and reality of womanhood Bilger draws on current feminist criticism, comic theory, and the methodologies of literary history to provide a context for re assessing the novels of these writers At a time when overt feminist statements could ruin a woman s reputation, comedy enabled these authors to smuggle feminism into their writing.

    One thought on “Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen”

    1. If only I had known about this book five years ago when I took a class on Austen's novelsThis is a wonderful, insightful, well-researched study of female laughter and comedy in Burney's, Edgeworth's, and Austen's works. It puts into context what would have been the works of eighteenth-century "feminist" writers (were the term used then) and how they combated sexism and patriarchy in British society during that time period. It evokes the criticism of Wollstonecraft, Woolf, Cixous, Gilbert and Gub [...]

    2. I've had the pleasure of reviewing this book: Looser, Devoney. Rev. of Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen, by Audrey Bilger. Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 47 (1999): 238–42. Print.

    3. Super interesting; probably even better if you've read Burney and Edgeworth instead of just Austen like I had.

    4. Totally academic, yet somehow riveting. Although perhaps the author referring to the character Wickham from Pride & Prejudice as “Wickfield” may throw all her arguments into question.

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