All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane by Amy Smith

By Amy Smith

"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling writer of Mr. Darcy's Diary

"A trip via either a actual panorama and the geography of the human center and mind...delightfully enjoyable and sometimes deeply relocating, this ebook reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are a great deal alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, writer of Jane Bites Back


With a suitcase choked with Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith trigger on a yearlong Latin American event: a touring booklet membership with Jane. In six precise, unforgettable international locations, she accumulated book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and lecturers, poets and politicians— to learn Emma, feel and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

no matter if sharing hen beer with Guatemalans, becoming a member of the group at a Mexican boxing fit, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean young children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy got here to benefit what Austen knew all alongside: that we're now not continually conversing a similar language— even if we're conversing an identical language.

yet with actual Austen intuition, she may possibly realize whilst, all of sudden, she'd discovered her personal Señor Darcy.

All Roads bring about Austen celebrates the easiest of what we adore approximately books and revels within the excitement of sharing a very good book— with strong friends.

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This study reads these documents, however, with an awareness of the gendered motivations. Laws and legal reforms were partly informed by masculine struggles for domination at the state level, by male systems of representation, and by the anxieties that are apparent in men’s use of language and in their behavior. This was evident, for example, in the early republic. On the one hand, legal reforms enacted by the educated oligarchy after the separation from Colombia and Ecuador in  deliberately aimed at delegitimizing the power of military men who, as victorious winners of the independence war, vied for governmental power.

According to Ferry this had an enormous effect on the generational transmission of male authority, because fathers could no longer influence their adult children. Hence ‘‘much of the authority of the father’s lineage that was felt and exercised by Caracas mantuano men in the eighteenth century had to be resurrected or recreated in every generation, using the symbols and inherited wealth of the deceased fathers. ’’53 The economic and demographic turns of the eighteenth century impinged directly on mantuano men’s ability to maintain the basic justification of their privileges.

Chapter  traces the legal terrain of the new republic and the ways in which Venezuelan politicians sought to use the law to give legitimacy, continuity, and stability to the new nation by increasing paternal authority and by implementing vagrancy laws and the death penalty. The new liberal nation also legitimized the use of various colonial codes that supported class, racial, and gendered distinctions and that allowed the continued political exclusion of the majority of the population. After the wars of independence, the need for order and peace was made a priority, and this became clear in the severe punishments for criminal behavior.

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