Document Type



Bachelor of Arts in English


Deborah Robinson, Ph.D.


Jane Austen’s writing is more subversive than most people realize. It contains very specific social criticism on Regency society, including a realistic look at the failings of the aristocracy, a clear satire on patriarchal supremacy, and the difficulties that women faced when attempting to break gender codes in order to establish their own individuality. Pride and Prejudice establishes a happy resolution by conjoining the middle and upper classes via Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage. This essay argues that this marriage, a union between conflicts, constitutes what could be considered Austen’s utopia.

[Full title page and Abstract added in 2023 by Professor Case during the English Lit thesis digitization project.]