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Jane Austen

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Tony Tanner's classic text on Jane Austen addresses the issues that have always occupied the author's most perceptive critics and offers a stimulating analysis of Austen's novels which is now regarded as one of the finest introductions to the author. This revised edition features a new Preface by leading Romantic scholar Marilyn Gaull who examines Tanner's background and places the original work in context, explaining why a reissue of this highly influential text is timely.

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Overview

Tony Tanner's classic text on Jane Austen addresses the issues that have always occupied the author's most perceptive critics and offers a stimulating analysis of Austen's novels which is now regarded as one of the finest introductions to the author. This revised edition features a new Preface by leading Romantic scholar Marilyn Gaull who examines Tanner's background and places the original work in context, explaining why a reissue of this highly influential text is timely.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Cambridge scholar Tanner sums up two decades of close reading in a series of cogent essays describing Austen's novels in relation to ``society, education, and language.'' Included are revisions of his excellent introductions (for Penguin Books) to Mansfield Park , Sense and Sensibility , and Pride and Prejudice. Much of the commentary is grounded convincingly in traditional interpretation, but Tanner's most intriguing perceptions relate to recent critical speculation, especially in his chapter on Emma Woodhouse as socially ``ec-centric'' and hence in need of community. Recommended for both scholarly and general readers interested in Jane Austen. Starr E. Smith, Georgetown Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Times Literary Supplement

In a comprehensive volume embracing a lengthy chapter on each of Austen's six novels, as well as the unfinished fragment Sanditon, and a massive introduction focusing on the works 'in the relation to problems concerned with society, education, and language', Tanner reveals a Jane Austen far more subtle, experimental, politically engaged, philosophically aware, and psychoanalytically sophisticated than has hitherto been supposed. On almost every page there is an expected disclosure of meaning.
— Norman Fruman

London Review of Books

One of the most readable books yet to appear on Jane Austen, as well as the most interesting in itself...It is continuously sensitive to the feel of fictive domesticity, and the potential of a situation in terms of what goes on in modern life, and has gone on in other novels.
— John Bayley

New Republic

This is the sort of intelligent study of a single author's oeuvre that has become uncommon in recent criticism. It is genuinely introductory as well as genuinely searching.
— David Bromwich

Times Literary Supplement - Norman Fruman
In a comprehensive volume embracing a lengthy chapter on each of Austen's six novels, as well as the unfinished fragment Sanditon, and a massive introduction focusing on the works 'in the relation to problems concerned with society, education, and language', Tanner reveals a Jane Austen far more subtle, experimental, politically engaged, philosophically aware, and psychoanalytically sophisticated than has hitherto been supposed. On almost every page there is an expected disclosure of meaning.
London Review of Books - John Bayley
One of the most readable books yet to appear on Jane Austen, as well as the most interesting in itself...It is continuously sensitive to the feel of fictive domesticity, and the potential of a situation in terms of what goes on in modern life, and has gone on in other novels.
New Republic - David Bromwich
This is the sort of intelligent study of a single author's oeuvre that has become uncommon in recent criticism. It is genuinely introductory as well as genuinely searching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230008243
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,005,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

TONY TANNER was sometime Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Professor of English and American Literature in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Reissued Edition   Marilyn Gaull     viii
Note on the Text   John Wiltshire     xxv
Acknowledgements     xxix
Introduction     1
Jane Austen and the Novel     1
Jane Austen and Society     12
Jane Austen and Education     24
Jane Austen and Language     35
Anger in the Abbey: Northanger Abbey     43
Secrecy and Sickness: Sense and Sensibility     75
Knowledge and Opinion: Pride and Prejudice     103
The Quiet Thing: Mansfield Park     142
The Match-Maker: Emma     176
In Between: Persuasion     208
The Disease of Activity: Sanditon     250
Bibliography     286
Index     291
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