Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps (volume 1)

Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps (volume 1)

by Robert Rodi

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Overview

Novelist Rodi (Fag Hag, The Sugarman Bootlegs) launches a broadside against the depiction of Jane Austen as a "a woman's writer ... quaint and darling, doe-eyed and demure, parochial if not pastoral, and dizzily, swooningly romantic - the inventor and mother goddess of 'chick lit.'" Instead he sees her as "a sly subversive, a clear-eyed social Darwinist, and the most unsparing satirist of her century." In this volume, which collects and amplifies two-and-a-half years' worth of blog entries, he combs through the first three novels in Austen's canon - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park - with the aim of charting her growth as both a novelist and a humorist, and of shattering the notion that she's a romantic of any kind.

"Hiarious ... Rodi's title is a tribute. He's angry that the Austen craze has defanged a novelist who's 'wicked, arch, and utterly merciless. She skewers the pompous, the pious, and the libidinous with the animal glee of a natural-born sadist' ... Like Rodi, I believe Austen deserves to join the grand pantheon of gadflies: Voltaire and Swift, Twain and Mencken." - Lev Raphael, The Huffington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469922652
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Robert Rodi is the author of eight novels and two memoirs; he's also an accomplished monologist and musician. He lives in Chicago with his partner Jeffrey Smith and a constantly shifting number of dogs. For additional information visit his website, www.robertrodi.com

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Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Rodi''s analysis of Austen's first three novels is both uproarious and insightful. If you're a Jane Austen fan you must read it. If you haven't read Austen, Rodi's work will have you scrambling to read her. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago