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Jane Austen's Emma: A Casebook / Edition 1

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Although Jane Austen famously referred to Emma as a heroine "whom no one but myself will much like," the irony of her remark has been obvious since the first appearance of her novel in December 1815. The central character may have attracted diverse reactions, but there can be no doubt about the endless enjoyment afforded to generations of readers. The essays in this collection demonstrate the varied delights of reading Emma. Most have been written in the last twenty years, but each draws on the cumulative body of scholarship and critical analysis that has built up since the novel was first published. The purpose of the collection is to introduce readers of Austen to new ways of interpreting her most substantial and rewarding novel. Each essay engages with Emma, but there is considerable dialogue taking place between the different approaches, which collectively contributes to the enriched readings of Austen's work. The collection opens with an introduction encouraging readers to re-read Emma, and to find its pleasures magnified by the critical interpretations and scholarship represented in this casebook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195175318
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/8/2007
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Stafford is a reader in English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor in English at Somerville College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations     ix
Introduction   Fiona Stafford     3
Opinions of Emma (1816)   Jane Austen     37
Emma; a Novel. By the Author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, &c. 3 vols. 12mo. London. 1815   Walter Scott     43
Jane Austen, ob. July 18, 1817 (1917)   Reginald Farrer     57
Emma and the Legend of Jane Austen (1957)   Lionel Trilling     83
Control of Distance in Jane Austen's Emma (1961)   Wayne C. Booth     101
Emma: "Woman, Lovely Woman, Reigns Alone" (1988)   Claudia L. Johnson     123
Reading Characters: Self, Society, and Text in Emma (1985)   Joseph Litvak     149
Desire: Emma In Love (1990)   John Dussinger     169
Emma: The Picture of Health (1992)   John Wiltshire     189
Men of Sense and Silly Wives: The Confusions of Mr. Knightley (1999)   Mary Waldron     215
Filming Highbury: Reducing the Community in Emma to the Screen (1999)   Linda Troost   Sayre Greenfield     239
Clueless in the Neo-Colonial World Order (2000)   Gayle Wald     249
Emma: England, Peace and Patriotism (2000)   Brian Southam     269
Jane Austen, Emma, and the Impact of Form (2000)   Frances Ferguson     293
Further Reading     315
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