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Overview

A Companion to Jane Austen provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary Austen studies while covering the full breadth of the novelist's work and career. Focusing on changing contexts and cultures of reception, the text provides groundbreaking new interpretations in more than 40 essays by a distinguished ream of influential literary critics and Austen scholars. Sections comprise: The Life and the Texts; Reading the Texts; Literary Genres and Genealogies; Political, Social, and Cultural Worlds ; and Reception and Reinvention. As a scholarly reference and comprehensive survey of the most innovative speculative developments in the field, A Companion to Jane Austen illuminates the power of Austen's novels to enchant readers.
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Editorial Reviews

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"While other companions provide scholarly summary-context andassessment-as a starting place for further research, this companionseems more individualized.... A Companion to Jane Austenoffers the useful charms of knowledge, stimulation, judgment."(1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early ModernEra, September 2010)

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

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

"Austenites should be delighted with this comprehensive surveyof contemporary Austen studies. [...] This should become a standardAusten reference. Highly recommended." (Choice, August2009)

"How is it that fresh perspectives on Austen and her writing arestill being thought up? Johnson and Tuite answer that the study ofAusten today is a "diverse, expansive, excitable and criticallife-form", growing and changing with new audiences and approachesto literary criticism. Arranged in five parts, thisCompanion 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 themain texts, looking at how Austen was initially received by criticsand readers alike and the success of Pride and Prejudice;Austen's literary style and technique, showing how the author usedlanguage and who she was influenced by; the political, social andcultural settings of her novels, discussing the French Revolutionand feminism; and how Austen has been "reinvented" by differentgenerations, from the “silver fork” novel of theVictorian era to "sexed-up" television adaptations of our screenstoday." (Reference Reviews, December 2009)

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Meet the Author

Claudia L. Johnson joined the faculty at Princeton in 1994and now serves as Department Chair. She specializes in eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century literature, with a particular emphasison 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), andThe Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (Cambridge,2002), along with editions of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park(Norton, 1998), Sense and Sensibility (Norton, 2002), andNorthanger Abbey (Oxford, 2003). Her research has beensupported by major fellowships such as the NEH and the Guggenheim.She is now finishing a book about author-love called JaneAusten’s Cults and Cultures, which traces permutations of"Jane mania" from 1817 to the present, and also working on anothercalled Raising the Novel, which explores modern efforts tocreate a novelistic canon by elevating novels to keystones of highculture.

Clara Tuite is Senior Lecturer in English, University ofMelbourne. She is the author of Romantic Austen: Sexual Politicsand the Literary Canon (Cambridge, 2002, 2008), as well asseveral essays on Austen, and the co-editor, with Gillian Russell,of Romantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture inBritain, 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 StapletonCollection / The Bridgeman Art Library.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Notes on Contributors x

List of Abbreviations xvii

A Note to the Reader xviii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction 1
Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite

Part I The Life and the Texts 11

1 Jane Austen's Life and Letters 13
Kathryn Sutherland

2 The Austen Family Writing: Gossip, Parody, and CorporatePersonality 31
Robert L. Mack

3 The Literary Marketplace 41
Jan Fergus

4 Texts and Editions 51
Brian Southam

5 Jane Austen, Illustrated 62
Laura Carroll and John Wiltshire

Part II Reading the Texts 79

6 Young Jane Austen: Author 81
Juliet McMaster

7 Moving In and Out: The Property of Self in Sense andSensibility 91
Susan C. Greenfi eld

8 The Illusionist: Northanger Abbey and Austen’sUses of Enchantment 101
Sonia Hofkosh

9 Re: Reading Pride and Prejudice: "What think you ofbooks?" 112
Susan J. Wolfson

10 The Missed Opportunities of Mansfi eld Park 123
William Galperin

11 Emma: Word Games and Secret Histories 133
Linda Bree

12 Persuasion: The Gradual Dawning 143
Fiona Stafford

13 Sanditon and the Book 153
George Justice

Part III Literary Genres and Genealogies 163

14 Turns of Speech and Figures of Mind 165
Margaret Anne Doody

15 Narrative Technique: Austen and Her Contemporaries 185
Jane Spencer

16 Time and Her Aunt 195
Michael Wood

17 Austen's Realist Play 206
Harry E. Shaw

18 Dealing in Notions and Facts: Jane Austen and History Writing216
Devoney Looser

19 Sentiment and Sensibility: Austen, Feeling, and Print Culture226
Miranda Burgess

20 The Gothic Austen 237
Nancy Armstrong

Part IV Political, Social, and Cultural Worlds 249

21 From Politics to Silence: Jane Austen’s NonreferentialAesthetic 251
Mary Poovey

22 The Army, the Navy, and the Napoleonic Wars 261
Gillian Russell

23 Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution 272
Mary Spongberg

24 Feminisms 282
Vivien Jones

25 Imagining Sameness and Difference: Domestic and ColonialSisters in Mansfield Park 292
Deirdre Coleman

26 Jane Austen and the Nation 304
Claire Lamont

27 Religion 314
Roger E. Moore

28 Family Matters 323
Ruth Perry

29 Austen and Masculinity 332
E. J. Clery

30 The Trouble with Things: Objects and the Commodifi cation ofSociability 343
Barbara M. Benedict

31 Luxury: Making Sense of Excess in Austen’s Narratives355
Diego Saglia

32 Austen's Accomplishment: Music and the Modern Heroine366
Gillen D'Arcy Wood

33 Jane Austen and Performance: Theatre, Memory, andEnculturation 377
Daniel O'Quinn

Part V Reception and Reinvention 389

34 Jane Austen and Genius 391
Deidre Lynch

35 Jane Austen's Periods 402
Mary A. Favret

36 Nostalgia 413
Nicholas Dames

37 Austen's European Reception 422
Anthony Mandal

38 Jane Austen and the Silver Fork Novel 434
Edward Copeland

39 Jane Austen in the World: New Women, Imperial Vistas444
Katie Trumpener

40 Sexuality 456
Fiona Brideoake

41 Jane Austen and Popular Culture 467
Judy Simons

42 Austenian Subcultures 478
Mary Ann O'Farrell

Bibliography 488

Index 513

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