The idea that a literary critic would brag about discussing "an imaginary Jane Austen" indicates how baseless her theory is. But why should that matter. She likes Austen's novels; she's a radical; ergo Austen must have been one also. Evidence can be imaginary since the theory itself is what matters. It resembles a lot of liberal policy proposals - the intent is good, therefore the policy is admirable - forget the unintended consequences of a hiked minimum wage, universal healthcare, or peace with Iran.Just the thing as the unintended consequences of universal health care (and a lack of imagination on the part of Our Political Masters) hit, and hit hard.
TODAY'S TRENCHANT OBSERVATION.
Betsy Newmark, nominally on the follies of contemporary lit-crits and their so-called Theory.