Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This essay discusses the various ways to read and teach Jane Austen and her contemporaries in a multicultural classroom at a time when questions about race, representation, and equity are considered by a new generation of English majors. Situating Mansfield Park in the context of eighteenth-century debates about women's roles in the abolitionist movement, the essay shows how the spatial and temporal distance between the Regency era and the twenty-first century provides an open space for students to think critically about a literary period they tend to read as racially neutral and to understand how literary studies intersects with contemporary political discourse.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-7303
Print ISSN
0040-4691
Pages
pp. 345-361
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-23
Open Access
No
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