Jane Austen's Business: Her World and Her Profession

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A selection of papers from the October 1993 meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, is supplemented with articles to broaden the conference's focus on her last novel Persuasion. The 16 contributions examine how she perceived and served a specific readership for her work, and argue that she could and did see beneath the surfaces of people when she chose to. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312158354
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Texts and Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
Pt. I What Sees Keenly 1
1 Persuasion: or, The Triumph of Cheerfulness 3
2 'Staring in Astonishment': Portraits and Prints in Persuasion 17
3 Transfiguring the Romantic Sublime in Persuasion 30
4 Gazing and Avoiding the Gaze 42
5 Shame or Espousal? Emma and the New Intersubjectivity of Anxiety in Austen 54
Pt. II What Speaks Aptly 67
6 'My sore-throats, you know, are always worse than anybody's': Mary Musgrove and Jane Austen's Art of Whining 69
7 Talking about Talk in Pride and Prejudice 81
8 Words 'Half-Dethroned': Jane Austen's Art of the Unspoken 95
Pt. III What Moves Flexibly 107
9 Prudential Lovers and Lost Heirs: Persuasion and the Presence of Scott 109
10 The Slow Process of Persuasion 124
11 The Austens and the Elliots: A Consumer's Guide to Persuasion 136
12 Jane Austen's Real Business: The Novel, Literature and Cultural Capital 154
13 Private and Public in Persuasion 168
Pt. IV What Throbs Fast and Full 179
14 Retrenchments 181
15 'The Sentient Target of Death': Jane Austen's Prayers 192
16 The Dower House at Kellynch: A Somerset Romance 206
Works Cited 223
Index 230
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