Jane Austen and Critical Theory

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.

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

This book offers a comprehensive one-volume study of Austen that is both a sophisticated critical introduction and a valuable contribution to the study of her work.

Author: Darryl Jones

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137235404

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 264

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Jane Austen remains one of the most popular and widely-read of all great English novelists, attracting and apparently uniting an enormously disparate band of readers, from academics to internet fans to traditional 'Janeites'. This book offers a comprehensive one-volume study of Austen that is both a sophisticated critical introduction and a valuable contribution to the study of her work. Combining rigorous historical scholarship with a keen sense of contemporary critical theory, Darryl Jones produces a series of lively and detailed textual, contextual and ideological interpretations of the complete works of Austen - a novelist whose very familiarity can sometimes blind readers to the fact that her works are often far more complex than they seem. Jones insists on the topicality and political relevance of Jane Austen's writings, both to her own times, and, crucially, to our own, and examines how the author engaged with issues of sexuality, class, and nationalism: issues with which we continue to wrestle today. Providing detailed readings of each one of Austen's six published novels (Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion), as well as studies of her early, unfinished or fragmentary work, this is an essential volume for anyone studying the work of one of the most important and enduring writers of the nineteenth century.
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Jane Austen and Literary Theory

32 Mary Poovey observes that the Austens “had never been wealthy and, with Austen's father making less than £100 a year in 1797, Jane's letters reveal constant worries about money during the entire period in which she composed, revised, ...

Author: Shawn Normandin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000348514

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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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 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

Page: 180

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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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The Secular Scripture and Other Writings on Critical Theory 1976 1991

his new edition in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye series brings The Secular Scripture together with thirty shorter pieces pertaining to literary theory and criticism from the last fifteen years of Frye's life.

Author: Northrop Frye

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802039453

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 588

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his new edition in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye series brings The Secular Scripture together with thirty shorter pieces pertaining to literary theory and criticism from the last fifteen years of Frye s life."
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Jane Austen

This book offers a one-volume study of Jane Austen that is both a sophisticated critical introduction and a valuable contribution to the study of one of the most popular and enduring British novelists.

Author: Darryl Jones

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0333727444

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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This book offers a one-volume study of Jane Austen that is both a sophisticated critical introduction and a valuable contribution to the study of one of the most popular and enduring British novelists. Darryl Jones provides students with a coherent overview of Austen's work and an idea of the current state of critical debate.
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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

Page: 644

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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

Page: 467

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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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Jane Austen

Since then , developments in critical theory have continued to broaden the range of Austen criticism . The perspectives of feminism and the growth in Women's Studies have tended to shift the critical centre of gravity in directions ...

Author: Ian Littlewood

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1873403291

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