Jane Austen

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...

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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: 9780312213718
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Series: Analysing Texts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Part I: Analyzing Jane Austen's Novels
• Language and Texture
• Characterization
• Structure in Jane Austen's Novels
• Society
• The Place of Women
• The Theme of Change and the Change of Theme
• Irony and the Author
• Conclusions
Part II: The Context and the Critics
• Jane Austen's Life and Work
• Jane Austen's Contribution to the Development of the Novel
• A Sample of Critical Views* Further Reading
• Index

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