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'England's Jane': the legacy of Jane Austen in the fiction of Barbara Pym, Dodie Smith and Elizabeth Taylor
chapterposted on 2023-07-26, 12:57 authored by Maroula Joannou
Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women (1951), Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (1949) and Elizabeth Taylor’s Palladian (1946) are all strongly influenced by Jane Austen and were published in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. This was a pivotal time in the reformulation of Englishness, during which Austen’s place in the national imaginary was being reinvented and debate about the meaning of English culture and identity, to which I shall return, was at its most intense.
Number of pages243
Place of publicationBasingstoke, UK
Title of bookUses of Austen: Jane's Afterlives
EditorsGillian Dow, Clare Hanson