A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

by Claudia L. Johnson
     
 

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Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen studies, A Companion to Jane Austen provides 42 essays from a distinguished team of literary scholars that examine the full breadth of the English novelist's works and career.

  • Provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date array of Austen scholarship
  • Functions both as a scholarly

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Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen studies, A Companion to Jane Austen provides 42 essays from a distinguished team of literary scholars that examine the full breadth of the English novelist's works and career.

  • Provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date array of Austen scholarship
  • Functions both as a scholarly reference and as a survey of the most innovative speculative developments in the field of Austen studies
  • Engages at length with changing contexts and cultures of reception from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"While other companions provide scholarly summary-context and assessment-as a starting place for further research, this companion seems more individualized.... A Companion to Jane Austen offers the useful charms of knowledge, stimulation, judgment." (1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, September 2010)

"The advantage is that the chapters tend to be manageable, clear, and focused-perfect, in fact, for assigning to undergraduate and beginning graduate students. I for one certainly plan on doing that. After all, one of the charms of enchantment is that it can be contagious." (Notes and Queries, March 2010)

"This book would be a worthy addition to any university, school and even private library in a place where Austen is read and re-read." (Transnational Literature, May 2009)

"Austenites should be delighted with this comprehensive survey of contemporary Austen studies. [...] This should become a standard Austen reference. Highly recommended." (Choice, August 2009)

"How is it that fresh perspectives on Austen and her writing are still being thought up? Johnson and Tuite answer that the study of Austen today is a "diverse, expansive, excitable and critical life-form", growing and changing with new audiences and approaches to literary criticism. Arranged in five parts, this Companion covers the style and genre of her novels, including the history of manuscripts, editions and illustrations (with 13 black-and-white facsimiles); individual readings of the main texts, looking at how Austen was initially received by critics and readers alike and the success of Pride and Prejudice; Austen's literary style and technique, showing how the author used language and who she was influenced by; the political, social and cultural settings of her novels, discussing the French Revolution and feminism; and how Austen has been "reinvented" by different generations, from the “silver fork” novel of the Victorian era to "sexed-up" television adaptations of our screens today." (Reference Reviews, December 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470672389
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #150
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The advantage is that the chapters tend to be manageable, clear, and focused - perfect, in fact, for assigning to undergraduate and beginning graduate students." (Notes and Queries, March 2010)

"This book would be a worthy addition to any university, school and even private library in a place where Austen is read and re-read." (Transnational Literature , May 2009)

"Austenites should be delighted with this comprehensive survey of contemporary Austen studies. [...] This should become a standard Austen reference. Highly recommended." (Choice, August 2009)

Meet the Author

Claudia L. Johnson joined the faculty at Princeton in 1994 and now serves as Department Chair. She specializes in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel. Her books include Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (Chicago, 1988), Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (Chicago, 1995), and The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (Cambridge, 2002), along with editions of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (Norton, 1998), Sense and Sensibility (Norton, 2002), and Northanger Abbey (Oxford, 2003). Her research has been supported by major fellowships such as the NEH and the Guggenheim. She is now finishing a book about author-love called Jane Austen’s Cults and Cultures, which traces permutations of "Jane mania" from 1817 to the present, and also working on another called Raising the Novel, which explores modern efforts to create a novelistic canon by elevating novels to keystones of high culture.

Clara Tuite is Senior Lecturer in English, University of Melbourne. She is the author of Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon (Cambridge, 2002, 2008), as well as several essays on Austen, and the co-editor, with Gillian Russell, of Romantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770-1840 (Cambridge, 2002, 2006).
Cover image: The Modern Living Room, from Humphry Repton's 'Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening', 1816, colour lithograph. Private Collection, The Stapleton Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library.

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