Kelly sees a lot more social and political history in Jane Austen’s six works of fiction than most critical analysis. It’s interesting even if I can’t quite agree with some of her notions.

Her takes on 'Sense & Sensibility,' 'Pride & Prejudice' and 'Persuasion' had the most resonance to me. But, she savages Mr. Knightley in 'Emma' as an uncaring landlord, see lots of repressed sexuality in 'Northanger Abbey,' and draws way too many analogies to the slave trade in 'Mansfield Park.' Yikes.

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