What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

by John Mullan

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ISBN-13: 9781620400425
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 667,709
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Mullan is a professor in the English department at University College London and the author of How Novels Work. He writes a popular column on fiction for the Guardian, and has served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize. Mullan lectures widely on Jane Austen around the world.

Table of Contents

A Note on References ix

Introduction 1

1 How Much Does Age Matter? 11

2 Do Sisters Sleep Together? 24

3 What Do the Characters Call Each Other? 39

4 How Do Jane Austen's Characters Look? 56

5 Who Dies in the Course of Her Novels? 70

6 Why Is It Risky to Go to the Seaside? 86

7 Why Is the Weather Important? 101

8 Do We Ever See the Lower Classes? 115

9 Which Important Characters Never Speak in the Novels? 132

10 What Games Do Characters Play? 147

11 Is There Any Sex in Jane Austen? 162

12 What Do Characters Say When the Heroine Is Not There? 179

13 How Much Money Is Enough? 196

14 Why Do Her Plots Rely on Blunders? 211

15 What Do Characters Read? 226

16 Are III People Really to Blame for Their Illnesses? 243

17 What Makes Characters Blush? 258

18 What Are the Right and Wrong Ways to Propose Marriage? 274

19 When Does Jane Austen Speak Directly to the Reader? 289

20 How Experimental a Novelist Is Jane Austen? 304

Notes 321

Bibliography 329

Acknowledgements 333

Index 335

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What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
chimney_swift More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for approachable criticism about Jane Austen, this is a good place to start. Mullen lays out his ideas clearly, and his arguments are easy to follow. One thing--it really, really helps to have read Austen's complete works before reading this. There are no plot summaries, so if you read Sense and Sensibility years ago, it may be worth your time to give it a quick skim to keep the characters straight. Overall, a good book for anyone who wants to go a little deeper into Austen's texts.
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Use your brain and figure thibgs out yourself