Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets

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This elegant and thoughtful work offers an important new way of understanding Jane Austen by defining the fundamental impact and influence of British Romanticism on her later novels. In comparing the earlier and later phases of Austen's career, Deresiewicz addresses an important yet neglected issue regarding her work: the longstanding critical consensus that Austen's last three novels ( Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion) represent far greater artistic achievements than do her first three ( Northanger Abbey, ...

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Overview

This elegant and thoughtful work offers an important new way of understanding Jane Austen by defining the fundamental impact and influence of British Romanticism on her later novels. In comparing the earlier and later phases of Austen's career, Deresiewicz addresses an important yet neglected issue regarding her work: the longstanding critical consensus that Austen's last three novels ( Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion) represent far greater artistic achievements than do her first three ( Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice).

Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets offers a rich account of the differences between the two phases of Austen's career. In doing so, it contextualizes her later novels within the British Romantic movement and the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, and Byron. Through close readings of Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion, Deresiewicz reveals the importance of Romantic ideas in Austen's later work, considering the ways in which the novels investigate hidden mechanisms of psychic and affective life, including "substitution," "ambiguous relationships," and "widowhood." Deresiewicz's innovative approach and its emphasis on Romanticism opens up new perspectives on Austen's later novels by exploring their patterns of imagery, narrative logics, and social and historical dimensions.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Michael Caines

Comprehensive in its scope, ambitious in its aims.

Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America - Beth Lau

This is an important, well-written book that makes a number of bold claims about Austen's work.

Times Literary Supplement
Comprehensive in its scope, ambitious in its aims.

— Michael Caines

Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America
This is an important, well-written book that makes a number of bold claims about Austen's work.

— Beth Lau

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231134149
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William Deresiewicz

William Deresiewicz is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Yale University. He has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, the Nation, and the London Review of Books.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Early phase versus major phase : the changing feelings of the mind 18
Ch. 3 Mansfield Park : substitution 56
Ch. 4 Emma : ambiguous relationships 86
Ch. 5 Persuasion : widowhood and Waterloo 127
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