The Complete Critical Guide to Jane Austin

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Jane Austen is one of England's most enduringly popular authors, renowned for her subtle observations of the provincial middle classes of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England.
This guide to Austen's much-loved work offers:

  • an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of Austen's texts, including film adaptations, from publication to ...
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Overview

Jane Austen is one of England's most enduringly popular authors, renowned for her subtle observations of the provincial middle classes of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England.
This guide to Austen's much-loved work offers:

  • an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of Austen's texts, including film adaptations, from publication to the present
  • an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Austen's life and work, situated within a broader critical history
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Jane Austen and seeking not only a guide to her works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations and referencing x
Introduction xi
1 Life and contexts 1
Introduction 1
Austen's life 1
Austen's England: hierarchy, modernity and gender 5
Austen's profession: writing, publicity and the market 11
Austen in literary history I 17
The novel and criticism 17
Political economy, sentiment and marriage 19
Female education 24
Austen in literary history 2 26
Romanticism 26
The effects of the French Revolution and the war with France 29
Politics and the novel after 1814 36
2 Works 39
Introduction 39
Northanger Abbey 40
Sense and Sensibility 48
Pride and Prejudice 56
Mansfield Park 62
Emma 72
Persuasion 81
3 Criticism 91
Introduction 91
Style, plot and morality 91
The origins of academic criticism of Austen 91
Morality 95
Irony, point of view and free indirect discourse 96
Narrative form: education and the marriage plot 100
Morality again 106
Queer Austen, the body and psychoanalytic criticism 109
Austen and society 114
A problem 114
Austen as Burkean conservative 116
Austen, political economy and Marxist criticism 119
Austen and feminism 124
Austen, empire and nationality 134
Slavery in Mansfield Park 134
Critiques of postcolonial readings of Austen 138
Domesticity and empire 141
Austen and English nationalism 142
4 Austen on screen 148
Introduction 148
Adaptation: from page to screen 148
Films and feminism 152
Englishness, 'heritage' and cultural materialism 153
Austen, consumption and history 156
Austen in American culture 158
Chronology 161
Bibliography 166
Editions 166
Film and television 167
Biographical 167
Historical context 168
Theoretical perspectives 169
Critical studies of Austen 170
Journals and websites 179
Index 181
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