Pasiones políticas en la novelística de Jane Austen

Sheryl Craig

Jane Austen and the State of
the Nation

New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 196 pp.



Austen’s England was plagued with widespread poverty, an unprecedented national
debt, economic recessions, bank failures, and the Post-Waterloo crash, followed
by a national financial depression. No wonder Austen’s characters are
preoccupied with money. Jane Austen and the State of the Nation mines
Austen’s novels for references to all of these economic upheavals and to
taxation, the Poor Laws, minimum wage debates, the Bank of England bailout, and
the Corn Laws; and in doing so, reveals Jane Austen’s liberal-Tory political
bias, and her complexity as a novelist and chronicler of her time.



Introduction: Jane Austen’s

Juvenilia: a liberal conservative

Sense and Sensibility: poor law reform

Pride and Prejudice: the
speenhamland system

Northanger Abbey and the Watsons: the restriction act

Mansfield Park: the condition of England

Emma: William Pitt’s utopia

Persuasion: the post-Waterloo crash

Sanditon: a political novel.


Sheryl Craig,is Instructor ofEnglish and Philosophy Department, University of
Central Missouri, USA.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

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