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Jane Austen: The Novels

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Jane Austen's novels--Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion --are among the most polished, carefully crafted works in the English literary heritage. This book takes extracts and examines them in close detail, bringing out the extraordinary richness of irony and implication in Jane Austen's writing. Through textual analysis, the reader is taught to explore and enjoy the delicate comedy of her narratives and to inquire into the serious moral purpose that lies behind each of the four novels. This...
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Overview

Jane Austen's novels--Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion --are among the most polished, carefully crafted works in the English literary heritage. This book takes extracts and examines them in close detail, bringing out the extraordinary richness of irony and implication in Jane Austen's writing. Through textual analysis, the reader is taught to explore and enjoy the delicate comedy of her narratives and to inquire into the serious moral purpose that lies behind each of the four novels. This guide does not simplify the study of Jane Austen, but invites the reader to join in, pursuing and revelling in the ironic subtlety of her methods and thought.
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Closely examining extracts from Austen's novels , , , and , the author provides an introduction to the critical analysis of her work. Chapters examine her use of language, characterization, structure, the theme of change, and irony, as well as her views on society and the place of women. Each chapter includes sections on analytical methods and recommended readings. A concluding section summarizes her life, work, and innovations, and offers a sample of three critical views. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333693773
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 276

Meet the Author

Nicholas Marsh teaches English at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
A Note on Editions
Pt. 1 Analysing Jane Austen's Novels 1
1 Language and Texture 3
Pride and Prejudice, pp. 102-3 3
Emma, p. 7 10
Mansfield Park, pp. 5-6 16
Persuasion, p. 36 21
2 Characterisation 28
Characterisations in general 29
Emma, p. 21 29
Self-deception and self-knowledge 32
Pride and Prejudice, pp. 168-9 32
Emma, pp. 55-8 40
Mansfield Park, pp. 364-6 50
Persuasion, pp. 147-8 55
3 Structure in Jane Austen's Novels 66
A Social Event 68
Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 18 (pp. 76-87) 68
A Dialogue 73
Emma, p. 160 74
Structure in Themes 79
Mansfield Park, pp. 133-5 79
Linguistic Structure 83
Persuasion, p. 236 83
The Analysis of Plot (Emma, Chapter 47) 85
4 Society 94
Pride and Prejudice, pp. 286-8 96
Emma, pp. 270-1 106
Mansfield Park, pp. 164-6 113
Persuasion, pp. 205-7 122
5 The Place of Women 130
Pride and Prejudice, pp. 35-6 130
Emma, pp. 73-4 137
Mansfield Park, pp. 260-1 144
Persuasion, pp. 55-7 152
6 The Theme of Change and the Change of Theme 162
The Theme of Change 162
Pride and Prejudice, p. 129 162
Emma, p. 319 166
Mansfield Park, p. 73 168
Persuasion, p. 50 170
The Change of Theme 175
7 Irony, and the Author 196
The Difficulty of Finding the Author 196
Irony 198
Mansfield Park, p. 390 199
Emma, p. 321 201
Persuasion, p. 132 204
Pride and Prejudice, pp. 226-7 206
Conclusions to Part 1 214
Pt. 2 The Context and the Critics 217
8 Jane Austen's Life and Work 219
Jane Austen's Life 219
Jane Austen as Novelist 224
9 Jane Austen's Contribution to the Development of the Novel 232
The Novel before Jane Austen 232
Integrating Aspects of the Novel 234
10 A Sample of Critical Views 245
Controversy 245
Samples of Criticism 246
Andrew H. Wright 246
LeRoy W. Smith 253
Barbara Rasmussen 261
Further Reading 271
Index 275
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