So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in 'Pride and Prejudice'

Phyllis Ferguson Bottomer


So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in 'Pride and Prejudice'

So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in 'Pride and Prejudice'

  • Title: So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in 'Pride and Prejudice'
  • Author: Phyllis Ferguson Bottomer
  • ISBN: 9781843104995
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback



Autism was not a recognised disorder in Jane Austen s lifetime, nor for well over a century after her death However there were certainly people who had autism, and Phyllis Ferguson Bottomer proposes that Austen wrote about them, without knowing what it was that she was describing.So Odd a Mixture looks at eight seemingly diverse characters in Austen s classic novel, PrideAutism was not a recognised disorder in Jane Austen s lifetime, nor for well over a century after her death However there were certainly people who had autism, and Phyllis Ferguson Bottomer proposes that Austen wrote about them, without knowing what it was that she was describing.So Odd a Mixture looks at eight seemingly diverse characters in Austen s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, who display autistic traits These characters five in the Bennet family and three in the extended family of the Fitzwilliams have fundamental difficulties with communication, empathy and theory of mind Perhaps it is high functioning autism or Asperger s Syndrome that provides an explanation for some characters awkward behaviour at crowded balls, their frequent silences or their tendency to lapse into monologues rather than truly converse with others.This fascinating book will provide food for thought for students and fans of Austen s classic novel, and for anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders.


Recent Comments "So Odd a Mixture: Along the Autistic Spectrum in 'Pride and Prejudice'"

There were some things I disagreed with, but on the whole it was a really interesting reading of P&P and for those with less experience with AS people, I think it provides pretty clear descriptions of traits and behaviours that can be expected.

I've seen various movie versions of Pride and Prejudice but that didn't give me enough background to really get into this book. Think it's more for true Jane Austin fans that also are into psychology.

A very interesting break down of the characters in Pride and Prejudice and where they are on the autism spectrum.


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