Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity

Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity

by Janine Barchas


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ISBN-13: 9781421411910
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Janine Barchas is a professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel and the creator of the What Jane Saw website:

Table of Contents

Introduction: "History, real solemn history" in Austen
1. "Quite unconnected": The Wentworths and Lady Susan
2. Mapping Northanger Abbey to Find "Old Allen" of Prior Park
3. Touring Farleigh Hungerford Castle and Remembering Mis Tilney-Long
4. "The Celebrated Mr. Evelyn" of Silva in Burney and Austen
5. Hell-Fire Jane: Dashwood Celebrity and Sense and Sensibility
6. Persuasion's Battle of the Books: Baronetage versus Navy List
Afterword: Jane Austen's Fictive Network

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Joseph Roach

"Renovating the historicist pedantry of readers like Vladimir Nabokov, who plotted geographical locales and estimated room dimensions in the margins of his teaching copy of Mansfield Park, Janine Barchas remaps the coordinates of Austen’s fictive world as nodal points in a network of real names of glamorous places and people—Wentworth, Wodehouse, D’Arcy, and Fitzwilliam among them. Matters of Fact in Jane Austen is too modest a title for this prescient book, in which facts matter as markers of Austen’s creative method, authorizing the vividness of her charismatically alluring characters and plots."

Juliet McMaster

"In a lively and formidably informed study, Janine Barchas buries the lingering myth of Jane Austen as 'a cloistered rectory daughter,' and convincingly reconstructs her as 'a local and national historian'—and moreover a confirmed name-dropper who subtly manipulates the celebrity culture of her day."

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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating and readable thesis. In all my years of Jane Austen studies, reading literary criticism and analyses, and biographies, I had wondered, like many people, did Jane Austen use real people and incidents for her wonderful stories? The generally accepted theory has been no, and family accounts seemed to reinforce this, however, all authors have ideas and they get those ideas from real life. Why not Jane Austen? In Debrett’s The Peerage as well as The Navy List, Barchas discovers many names used in Austen’s works during the time period of publication: Wentworth, Vernon, Tilney, Woodhouse, Fitzwilliam, Croft, Ferrars, Eliot, D’Arcy, and Dalrymple to name a few. She hopes that, with this book just beginning to touch on the subject—indeed, she explores Persuasion names in great depth—that it will launch future scholarship and study in Austen’s works.  Highly recommended for the Jane Austen aficionado.