The Literary Economy of Jane Austen and George Crabbe

The Literary Economy of Jane Austen and George Crabbe

by Winborn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754638251

ISBN-13: 9780754638254

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Though Jane Austen (1775-1817) and the poet George Crabbe (1754-1832) each wrote during the Napoleonic Wars, no full-length study has considered the importance of these pivotal events to their writing. In The Literary Economy of Jane Austen and George Crabbe, Colin Winborn argues that both writers were unusually responsive to the economic anxieties specific to wartime

Overview

Though Jane Austen (1775-1817) and the poet George Crabbe (1754-1832) each wrote during the Napoleonic Wars, no full-length study has considered the importance of these pivotal events to their writing. In The Literary Economy of Jane Austen and George Crabbe, Colin Winborn argues that both writers were unusually responsive to the economic anxieties specific to wartime, occasioned especially by the Napoleonic trade embargo imposed on Britain from 1806 to 1812, and shared a particular concern with the economizing of space. Winborn's term 'spatial economy' refers to the practice of turning available resources to the best possible account, which these authors applied even to the practice of writing as they strove to preserve space on the page (Austen in her letters and Crabbe in the couplet). Their work displays a preoccupation with boundaries, pressure, and containment, which also informs economic treatises published during this period. Through close readings and fresh contextual and historical analysis that draws on the ideas of contemporary thinkers such as Thomas Malthus, William Spence, William Cobbett, Arthur Young, and Humphrey Repton, Winborn not only establishes a close affinity between Austen and Crabbe but makes a convincing case for rethinking the relationship between the novel and poetry during the Romantic period.

Contents: Introduction
The economy of the couplet
The bounds of necessity
Wartime pressures
Economy and improvement
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

Author Biography: Dr Colin Winborn is Lecturer in English and Theatre Studies at Dulwich College, UK.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754638254
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
The Nineteenth Century Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvi
General Editors' Prefacevii
Introduction1
1The Economy of the Couplet24
2The Bounds of Necessity57
3Wartime Pressures84
4Economy and Improvement134
Conclusion182
Bibliography190
Index196

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