Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Susan Fraiman is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development and Cool Men and the Second Sex. In addition to essays on Jane Austen, she has published numerous articles in the areas of feminist and cultural studies.
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