Jane Austen Book Club

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

Bitches in Bonnets by Sarah J. Makowski

If you would like to participate in the book club, please RSVP to eshavers@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect. For everyone's enjoyment and to facilitate the best possible discussion, we also ask that all participants have read the book entirely.

Have you ever recognized Mrs. Elton in an office colleague? Or caught a glimpse of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the neighborhood crank? Have you spotted a young Emma Woodhouse in your teenage daughter's clique? Over two hundred years after their creation, Jane Austen's mean girls are still alive and kicking. Bitches in Bonnets explores parallels between Austen's world and our own, showing how modern social and behavioral scientists are just beginning to document and quantify what the author knew instinctively. Interweaving modern research and sociological experiments, author and Austen scholar Sarah Makowskilooks beyond Austen's texts for the sources of female aggression both during the Regency and today. Despite incredible advances in gender equality, women still face discrimination and bullying from creche to career. The cruelest assaults are those that are least expected – from other women. Hardly a woman alive has not experienced a false friend whose opinions and affection bring both positive and destructive consequences. The very ordinariness of Austen's stories leaves room for us to identify with her flawed heroines and make peace with their enemies. Bitches in Bonnets examines how six novels of quiet English life, penned by a parochial Regency spinster, still provide insight on female relationships after all these years and how Austen’s writing – and our reading of it – offers solace to millions of fans worldwide.

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Bitches in Bonnets: Life Lessons from Jane Austen's Mean Girls By Sarah J. Makowski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633888548
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Prometheus Books - March 15th, 2023