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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2016; 704427–447 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2016.70.4.427
Published: 01 March 2016
... that Austen develops her characters’ sexuality within these very conventions, and uses dance as her primary means for sexualized social interaction. Austen’s ballrooms are spaces of intense erotic intimacy, sites that foreground her characters’ bodies and allow women to gaze upon men. This inversion of...