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Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma are Jane Austen's most popular and frequently studied novels. This invaluable Guide explores the critical history of these works - from the first nineteenth-century reviews to early twenty-first-century reactions-and provides an overview of the key critical trends are approaches.
Annika Bautz skillfully leads readers through the profusion of responses that Austen's three novels have provoked since they were first published almost two hundred years ago, and examines major film and television adaptations.
Concise and stimulating, this is an essential resource for anyone who is studying these much-loved Austen texts.
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Table of Contents
Abbreviations and a Note on the Text viii
Chapter 1 Contemporary Reviews 6
Chapter 2 Victorian Reviews, ca. 1865-80 22
Chapter 3 Early to Mid-Twentieth Century Critical Responses 42
Chapter 4 Later Twentieth-Century Critical Responses: Feminism 62
Chapter 5 Later Twentieth-Century Critical Responses: Literary, Cultural, and Historical Context 76
Chapter 6 The First Decade of the Twenty-First Century 96
Chapter 7 Film and Television Adaptations 124