- BBC Radio 4
- Rachel Parris, Gemma Whelan and Jason Forbes
- Rachel Parris and Katie Storey
- Alison Vernon-Smith
Would Elizabeth Bennet have been on the Women's March?
Was Fanny Price sex-positive?
How did Colonel Brandon fight the patriarchy?
Was Mr Darcy woke?
Jane Austen is renowned for writing 6 novels that had a lasting impact on British literature. But if she was alive today, would she be waiting in line for Pussy Riot tickets, or running for political office in a paisley trouser suit? The women in her books showed a wide arena of womanhood: from the witty, intelligent and rational to hilariously dull, foolishly romantic and possibly insane. She wrote so many experiences of womanhood. But that was so long ago, and in such a different world. How do her books stand up to the feminist standards of today? Can we learn anything from them? And what would her blog have been called?
In a mix of live stand-up and adapted excerpts from the books, Parris presents an irreverent look at Austen the modern feminist.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- Live audience
- First broadcast
- Sunday 14th February 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 7:15pm
- Episode length
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Saturday 20th February 2021 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra