‘Gaze’ and ‘Visuality’ in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

  • Zolfagharkhani M. English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Literature, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar
  • Ramezani H. M.A. student of TEFL, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar
Keywords: Gender, gaze, visuality


For many readers, there is no connection between Jane Austen’s novels and the sexualized body. Sexuality in Austen’s novels is never explicit; nonetheless, it permeates every look, gesture, and letter that passes between her lovers. This article aims to reveal the concept of ‘gaze’, especially female gaze, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. According to feminist critics it is psychologically inevitable that women are the sexual objects of men; therefore, they have effectively refused to acknowledge the possibility that a female gaze could exist. Arguably, as it is indicated throughout this article, women are not necessarily rendered mute and inert by the male gaze; in fact, they actively shape and respond to male desire and their gaze encompasses as much authority and power as the male gaze.


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How to Cite
M., Z., & H., R. (2012). ‘Gaze’ and ‘Visuality’ in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. K@ta: A Biannual Publication on the Study of Languange and Literature, 14(1), 1-6. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.9744/kata.14.1.1-6