Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution

Mary Spongberg*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Jane Austen
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781405149099
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2009


  • Austen's novels also evinced a particular relationship to history that set her apart from other writers of the 1790s
  • Austen's novels are, however, set emphatically in the England of the present
  • Burke's Reflections offered a critical revision of English nationhood itself
  • Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution
  • Warren Roberts's Jane Austen and the French Revolution in 1979 - marked a significant shift in the way in which historians approached Austen
  • While her silence on the Revolution rendered her work "patriotic," in keeping with the anti-Jacobinism that became consensus during the Napoleonic Wars

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