Reading Jane Austen Through the Lens of the Law: Legal Issues in Austen’s Life and Novels, 27 DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 115 (2017)

Document Type


Publication Date



This article will examine the law as it existed in Jane Austen's time, identify the legal issues raised in Austen's life and novels, and address the occasional intersection of the two. It looks at the Austen phenomenon stemming from the few novels she penned during her short lifetime, how lawyers and legal issues are portrayed in those novels, and how her own relatively quiet life may have impacted those portrayals. The article also examines how Austen's life and work continue to relate to legal issues several hundred years after her death.

This document is currently not available here.