Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture: An Essay on the Narration of Social Realities / Edition 1

Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture: An Essay on the Narration of Social Realities / Edition 1

by Richard Handler, Daniel Segal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847690482

ISBN-13: 9780847690480

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

With a new introduction by the authors, this paperback edition of Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture takes the complete body of work of a major novelist as the basis for rethinking ethnographic representation and cross-cultural analysis. Authors Handler and Segal have approached Jane Austen's writing as a source for interpreting the cultural ideology of kinship

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With a new introduction by the authors, this paperback edition of Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture takes the complete body of work of a major novelist as the basis for rethinking ethnographic representation and cross-cultural analysis. Authors Handler and Segal have approached Jane Austen's writing as a source for interpreting the cultural ideology of kinship, social rank, courtship, and marriage in Austen's England. Arguing against the conventional reading of Austen as portrayer and upholder of a well-ordered society, they evaluate the rhetorical techniques that make Austen an effective ethnographer of diverse, though intertwined social realities. They show that Austen undercuts any and all claims to "truth universally acknowledged"—that is, to objective, positive knowledge of human affairs. Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture invites the reader to confront an ethnography of another time and place whose insights have a direct bearing on contemporary concerns in the humanities and human sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847690480
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A World of Marriage Chapter 3 The Natural, the Civil, and the Unnatural Chapter 4 Family, Connections, and Incest Chapter 5 Hierarchies of Choice Chapter 6 Courting Exchanges and Alter-Cultural Marriages Chapter 7 Creative Dance and the Problem of Theatricality Chapter 8 Narrating Multiple Realities Chapter 9 Dialogue and Translation Chapter 10 But What, Then, of Reality?

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