Those Elegant Decorums: The Concept of Propriety in Jane Austen's Novels

Those Elegant Decorums: The Concept of Propriety in Jane Austen's Novels

by Jane Nardin

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Those Elegant Decorums: The Concept of Propriety in Jane Austen's Novels by Jane Nardin

Analyzes the way in which Austen blends ironic criticism with moral affirmation through her complex and little-understood management of the narrative point of view.

In Those Elegant Decorums Professor Nardin differs from the many critics who feel that Jane Austen’s irony and her morality contradict each other. She analyzes the way in which Jane Austen blends ironic criticism with moral affirmation through her complex and little-understood management of the narrative point of view. She demonstrates that the reader takes a journey of perception similar to that of the central characters in the novels, and that the correct interpretation of events is often unclear until well after the fact, despite the seeming aid of an apparently unbiased, omniscient narrator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438442297
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jane Nardin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. How to Read Jane Austen

2. The Concept of Propriety

3. Propriety as Duty to Society and Self: Sense and Sensibility

4. Propriety as a Test of Character: Pride and Prejudice

5. Propriety and the Education of Catherine Morland: Northanger Abbey

6. Status, Work, and Propriety in Mansfield Park

7. Egotism and Propriety in Emma

8. Propriety and the Exceptional Individual: Persuasion

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