Jane Austen and Critical Theory

Feminism and Linguistic Theory. London: Macmillan, 1985. Deleuze, Gilles. “Literature and Life.” Critical Inquiry 23 (1997): 225–230. Fergus, Jan. Jane Austen: A Literary Life. London: Palgrave, 1991. Garofalo, Daniela.

Author: Michael Kramp

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000401547

Category: Literary Criticism

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Jane Austen and Critical Theory is a collection of new essays that addresses the absence of critical theory in Austen studies—an absence that has limited the reach of Austen criticism. The collection brings together innovative scholars who ask new and challenging questions about the efficacy of Austen’s work. This volume confronts mythical understandings of Austen as "Dear Aunt Jane," the early twentieth-century legacy of Austen as a cultural salve, and the persistent habit of reading her works for advice or instruction. The authors pursue a diversity of methods, encourage us to build new kinds of relationships to Austen and her writings, and demonstrate how these relationships might generate new ideas and possibilities—ideas and possibilities that promise to expand the ways in which we deploy Austen. The book specifically reminds us of the vital importance of Austen and her fiction for central concerns of the humanities, including the place of the individual within civil society, the potential for new identities and communities, the urgency to address racial and sexual oppression, and the need to imagine more just futures.
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Jane Austen and Literary Theory

chapters will show how, for example, Austen both anticipates Jacques Derrida's gift theory and undermines some of its ... than the prudence that continues to distinguish Austen criticism from most other branches of literary study.

Author: Shawn Normandin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000348514

Category: Literary Criticism

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Jane Austen was one of the most adventurous thinkers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but one would probably never guess that by reading her critics. Perhaps no canonical author in English literature has proven, until now, more resistant to theory. Tracing the political motives for this resistance, Jane Austen and Literary Theory proceeds to counteract it. The book’s detailed interpretations guide readers through some of the important intellectual achievements of Austen’s career—from the stunning teenage parodies "Evelyn" and "The History of England" to her most accomplished novels, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. While criticism has largely been content to describe the various ways Austen was a product of her time, Jane Austen and Literary Theory reveals how she anticipated the ideas of formidable literary thinkers of the twentieth century, especially Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man. Gift and exchange, speech and writing, symbol and allegory, stable irony and Romantic irony—these are just a few of the binary oppositions her dazzling texts deconstruct. Although her novels are major achievements of nineteenth-century realism, critics have hitherto underestimated their rhetorical cunning and their fascination with the materiality of language. Doing justice to Austen’s language requires critical methods as ruthless as her irony, and Jane Austen and Literary Theory supplies these methods. This book will enable both her devotees and her detractors to appreciate her genius in unusual ways.
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Jane Austen

FRANK W. BRADBROOK , ' Jane Austen and Choderlos de Laclos ' , Notes and Queries , 199 , 1954 111. ... Q.D. LEAVIS , The Watsons and Emma , from ' A Critical Theory of Jane Austen's Writings ' , Scrutiny , 10 , 1941-42 114.

Author: Ian Littlewood

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1873403291


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A Selection from Scrutiny

CONTENTS 1 JANE AUSTEN A Critical Theory of Jane Austen's writings Q. D. LEAVIS Part 1 ( Vol . X , 1941 ) page 1 Part II : ' Lady Susan ' into ' Mansfield Park ' ( Vol . X , 1941 ) 23 Part II concluded ( Vol .

Author: F. Leavis

Publisher: CUP Archive


Category: English literature

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Jane Austen s Literary Manuscripts

APPENDIX Theories of Composition for Mansfield Park and Emma' A1' a number of points in this study I have found myself in disagreement with the views argued by Mrs. Leavis in 'A Critical Theory of Jane Austen's Writings,* an extensive ...

Author: Brian Southam

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826425928

Category: Literary Criticism

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Jane Austen's Literary Manuscripts remains the definitive account of the novelist's surviving papers. These date from 1787 to 1817, from the first beginning to the veyr end of her writing career. Their evidence considerably deepens our understanding of the imaginative process that stands behind the composition of the great novels. In Sanditon, the last work, we see the promise of a further and startling development in her art. The influence of her childhood reading and home life is considered in the first chapter, and a further new chapter examines Sir Charles Grandison, a work newly attributed to Jane Austen by Brian Southam in 1977. In an appendix, Southam discusses Mrs Leavis's theory concerning the relationship between Jane Austen's life and art, and between the juvenilia and the later novels.
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Critical Companion to Jane Austen

In an appendix to his revised edition of Jane Austen's Literary Manuscripts: A Study of the Novel- ist's Development through the Surviving Papers (2001), Brian Southam takes issue with Q. D. Leavis's “A Critical Theory of Jane Austen's ...

Author: William Baker

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438108490

Category: Literary Criticism

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Examines the life and writings of Jane Austen including detailed synopses of her works, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, and social and historical influences.
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Jane Austen in Context

Jane Austen Janet Todd, Professor of English Literature Janet Todd, Cambridge University Press ... For Q. D. Leavis , see ' A Critical Theory of Jane Austen's Writings ' , Scrutiny 10 ( 1941-2 ) , 61-90 , 114–42 , 272–4 ; 12 ( 1944–5 ) ...

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521826446

Category: Literary Criticism

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A lively illustrated collection of short essays on a wide range of aspects of Austen's life, work and times.
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Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory

ORRIS ZAPP, DAVID LODGE'S memorable invention from Changing Places (1975) and other campus novels, imagines he can write a comprehensive study of the works of Jane Austen by embracing every possible critical and theoretical perspective ...

Author: Sim Stuart Sim

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748693412

Category: Literary Criticism

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Featuring an international team of specialists on the subject, The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory provides a comprehensive analysis of the changing role of critical theory in the new century. Taking note of the many new theoretical and socio-political developments in recent years, the volume conclusively demonstrates critical theory's continuing relevance across disciplines ranging from the arts and social sciences through to the hard sciences. Being theoretically informed is not an optional part of study any more, it is a necessary, central part, and The Companion will bring you up to date with what is happening across the spectrum of critical theory.The volume consists of eleven sections comprising twenty-eight chapters, each covering a particular branch of critical theory from Marxism through to present-day developments such as Cognitive Theory. Every chapter considers the historical development of the theory in question, explaining the main concepts and thinkers involved, before proceeding to assess where it stands in relation to current academic and socio-political concerns and debates. Outlining recent advances in each area, and the emergence of new voices, The Companion offers readers a welcome opportunity to reorient themselves within the history and role of critical theory in its many forms.
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Jane Austen Early and Late

Viewed in these terms, her earliest writings may be her boldest statement of all.24 Between June 1941 and spring 1944, Q. D. Leavis published four essays in Scrutiny under the umbrella title 'A Critical Theory of Jane Austen's Writings' ...

Author: Freya Johnston

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691229812

Category: Literary Criticism

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A reexamination of Austen’s unpublished writings that uncovers their continuity with her celebrated novels—and that challenges distinctions between her “early” and “late” work Jane Austen’s six novels, published toward the end of her short life, represent a body of work that is as brilliant as it is compact. Her earlier writings have routinely been dismissed as mere juvenilia, or stepping stones to mature proficiency and greatness. Austen’s first biographer described them as “childish effusions.” Was he right to do so? Can the novels be definitively separated from the unpublished works? In Jane Austen, Early and Late, Freya Johnston argues that they cannot. Examining the three manuscript volumes in which Austen collected her earliest writings, Johnston finds that Austen’s regard and affection for them are revealed by her continuing to revisit and revise them throughout her adult life. The teenage works share the milieu and the humour of the novels, while revealing more clearly the sources and influences upon which Austen drew. Johnston upends the conventional narrative, according to which Austen discarded the satire and fantasy of her first writings in favour of the irony and realism of the novels. By demonstrating a stylistic and thematic continuity across the full range of Austen’s work, Johnston asks whether it makes sense to speak of an early and a late Austen at all. Jane Austen, Early and Late offers a new picture of the author in all her complexity and ambiguity, and shows us that it is not necessarily true that early work yields to later, better things.
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