Creativity Week, Day 4: Jane Austen

Welcome to day 4 of our Creativity Week. Today we will be considering all things prose, focusing on the wonderful Jane Austen.

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An Article by Harriet Hampson.

Jane Austen, born in 1775, was an English Writer. Austen has been chosen by Girl Boss for reasons that go beyond what Austen is commonly recognised for.

Austen, commonly denoted as a literary genius, has undoubtedly contributed to the literary world.

However, Austen has been selected by Girl Boss, firstly because she is a contemporary writer who began to challenge the role of women in society and the apparent dependence women had on men.

Secondly, she illustrates how writing is a catalyst for changing social norms, reiterating the power of creativity. Austen differs from the other women that have been focused on in Girl Boss’ Creativity Week as her work focuses on the inequalities that women faced in the eighteenth century. 

“Without music, life would be a blank to me”

The quote that I have selected, “without music, life would be a blank to me” highlights the overlaps between different creative sectors. It is common for society to only associate an individual with their domain.

However, it is important to recognise that creativity isn’t a confined concept, and individuals can only partake in one element of the creativity industry. To be creative is to enable one to express one’s ideas or thoughts through a medium, yet this medium does not need to be consistent. 

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Pride and Prejudice is one of Austen’s more well-known novels. However, what I would like to shed light on is the way in which Austen utilised the character of Elizabeth Bennet to challenge the stereotypes of women in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. 

By creating an independent female character, she was able to illustrate that women’s lives do not circumvent marriage and children. Rather, they pose desires and dreams that go beyond such stereotypes. 

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, it’s what we do”

I would also like to draw attention to a quote in Austen’s, Sense and Sensibility“it isn’t what we say or think that defines us, it is what we do.”. This quote is very relevant for this week’s Creativity Week. This is because it illustrates that words and thoughts can never be preserved, whereas creations [ art,music, poetry] are what continue individuals legacy.

This therefore brings me nicely to the point that creativity is a way to ensure that individuals contributions to the world continue and their memory continues, even after we depart. 

Find our other articles for creativity week here.