Romanticism is described as the first self-critique of modernity, as it opposed Enlightenment science, rationalism, and uniformitarianism; it is linked to interiorized emotionality and to diversitarianism. When the book first came out, it attracted attention for its fresh, controversial approach to ideas on Austen. A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary such as the title, abstract, and list of authors , clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Walter Scott's introductory chapter to Waverley: 'Tis Sixty Years Since , with its brief and breezy survey of the possible titles Scott has not chosen for his novel, offers itself as a clearing of the decks for nineteenth-century fiction. Jane Austen and the War of Ideas. But to readers of the "subversive school," who regard Austen as an arch-ironist, the case stands differently.
The book argues that Austen herself lived in contentious times.
Shame and Sensibility: Jane Austen's Humiliated Heroines
Hegel"s Phenomenology outlines a four-stage mode of the undoing of social domination which has a narrative structure consistent with romantic story-telling, but was grounded not in romanticism but in Gnosticism and Lutheran dialectics. When the book first came out, it attracted attention for its fresh, controversial approach to ideas on Austen. As they see it, far from maintaining a ladylike reticence about subjects as deep or discomforting as death, Austen if anything talks about the subject too often and with a shockingly unladylike failure of feeling.