The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen / Edition 2

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Overview

Leading scholars present a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to Jane Austen's works in the contexts of her contemporary world, and of present-day critical discourse. Beside discussions of Austen's novels and letters there are essays on religion, politics, class-consciousness, publishing practices, domestic economy, style in the novels and the significance of her juvenile works. A chronology provides biographical information, and assessments of the history of Austen criticism highlight the most interesting recent studies in a vast field of critical diversity.
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Editorial Reviews

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"All undergraduate and graduate libraries will want this volume." D.L. Patey, Choice

"The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster, offers a number of distinctly different views on Austen (and the Austen 'industry') by a nice mix of well known and emerging Austen scholars. Well organized around large, nearly onotlogical categories such as 'money', 'class', 'religion and politics' as well as the letters and Austen 'cults and cultures', this volume is a fine companion not only for the recently initiated, but also for those who have spent many years luxuriating with Austen's fiction." Joseph W. Childers

"...the Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen supplies us with just the kind of ionformation we need to become sharper, more appreciative readers of her. This book summarizes and extends our knowledge, surveys the critical and biographical fields, and suggests fresh readings...." Jocelyn Harris, Letters in Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521746502
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 560,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Copeland is Emeritus Professor of English at Pomona College, Claremont, California.

Juliet McMaster is Emeritus Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Texts and abbreviations
1 Chronology of Jane Austen's life 1
2 The professional woman writer 12
3 Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice 32
4 Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion 58
5 The short fiction 84
6 The letters 100
7 Class 115
8 Money 131
9 Religion and politics 149
10 Style 170
11 Jane Austen and literary traditions 189
12 Austen cults and cultures 211
13 Further reading 227
Index 244
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