Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel

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"The best (and the best written) book about Austen that has appeared in the last three decades."—Nina Auerbach, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"By looking at the ways in which Austen domesticates the gothic in Northanger Abbey, examines the conventions of male inheritance and its negative impact on attempts to define the family as a site of care and generosity in Sense and Sensibility, makes claims for the desirability of 'personal happiness as a liberating moral ...

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Overview


"The best (and the best written) book about Austen that has appeared in the last three decades."—Nina Auerbach, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"By looking at the ways in which Austen domesticates the gothic in Northanger Abbey, examines the conventions of male inheritance and its negative impact on attempts to define the family as a site of care and generosity in Sense and Sensibility, makes claims for the desirability of 'personal happiness as a liberating moral category' in Pride and Prejudice, validates the rights of female authority in Emma, and stresses the benefits of female independence in Persuasion, Johnson offers an original and persuasive reassessment of Jane Austen's thought."—Kate Fullbrook, Times Higher Education Supplement

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Johnson moves her thesis with discretion and intelligent restraint, teaching the readers to see what is not obvious and making them sharper readers of the historical moment of the novels.
—Stuart Pave, 19th Century Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226401393
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 886,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia L. Johnson is the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Female Novelist and the Critical Tradition
1. The Novel of Crisis
2. The Juvenilia and Northanger Abbey: The Authority of Men and Books
3. Sense and Sensibility: Opinions Too Common and Too Dangerous
4. Pride and Prejudice and the Pursuit of Happiness
5. Mansfield Park: Confusions of Guilt and Revolutions of Mind
6. Emma: "Woman, Lovely Woman Reigns Alone"
7. Persuasion: The "Unfeudal Tone of the Present Day"
Notes
Index
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