Professor Documents Austen's Expanding Alt-Right Fan Base

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:31pm
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:37pm

It is a truth universally acknowledge that an ugly woman is far more likely to be a feminist than a hot one. That's how right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos put it at an event at the University of Colorado Boulder.

And that got English Professor Nicole Wright wondering: why was Yiannopoulos, of all people, referencing Jane Austen?

It turns out that Austen's devoted base of followers is expanding. In a recent article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Nicole Wright documents the expanding alt-right, or white nationalist, segment of Janeites.

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