A Companion to Jane Austen
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, Band 176 1. Aufl.
Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen studies, A Companion to Jane Austen provides 42 essays from a distinguished team of literary scholars that examine the full breadth of the English novelist's works and career. Provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date array of Austen scholarship Functions both as a scholarly reference and as a survey of the most innovative speculative developments in the field of Austen studies Engages at length with changing contexts and cultures of reception from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries
List of Figures ix Notes on Contributors x List of Abbreviations xvii A Note to the Reader xviii Acknowledgments xix Introduction 1 Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite Part I The Life and the Texts 11 1 Jane Austen's Life and Letters 13 Kathryn Sutherland 2 The Austen Family Writing: Gossip, Parody, and Corporate Personality 31 Robert L. Mack 3 The Literary Marketplace 41 Jan Fergus 4 Texts and Editions 51 Brian Southam 5 Jane Austen, Illustrated 62 Laura Carroll and John Wiltshire Part II Reading the Texts 79 6 Young Jane Austen: Author 81 Juliet McMaster 7 Moving In and Out: The Property of Self in Sense and Sensibility 91 Susan C. Greenfi eld 8 The Illusionist: Northanger Abbey and Austen’s Uses of Enchantment 101 Sonia Hofkosh 9 Re: Reading Pride and Prejudice: "What think you of books?" 112 Susan J. Wolfson 10 The Missed Opportunities of Mansfi eld Park 123 William Galperin 11 Emma: Word Games and Secret Histories 133 Linda Bree 12 Persuasion: The Gradual Dawning 143 Fiona Stafford 13 Sanditon and the Book 153 George Justice Part III Literary Genres and Genealogies 163 14 Turns of Speech and Figures of Mind 165 Margaret Anne Doody 15 Narrative Technique: Austen and Her Contemporaries 185 Jane Spencer 16 Time and Her Aunt 195 Michael Wood 17 Austen's Realist Play 206 Harry E. Shaw 18 Dealing in Notions and Facts: Jane Austen and History Writing 216 Devoney Looser 19 Sentiment and Sensibility: Austen, Feeling, and Print Culture 226 Miranda Burgess 20 The Gothic Austen 237 Nancy Armstrong Part IV Political, Social, and Cultural Worlds 249 21 From Politics to Silence: Jane Austen’s Nonreferential Aesthetic 251 Mary Poovey 22 The Army, the Navy, and the Napoleonic Wars 261 Gillian Russell 23 Jane Austen, the 1790s, and the French Revolution 272 Mary Spongberg 24 Feminisms 282 Vivien Jones 25 Imagining Sameness and Difference: Domestic and Colonial Sisters in Mansfield Park 292 Deirdre Coleman 26 Jane Austen and the Nation 304 Claire Lamont 27 Religion 314 Roger E. Moore 28 Family Matters 323 Ruth Perry 29 Austen and Masculinity 332 E. J. Clery 30 The Trouble with Things: Objects and the Commodifi cation of Sociability 343 Barbara M. Benedict 31 Luxury: Making Sense of Excess in Austen’s Narratives 355 Diego Saglia 32 Austen's Accomplishment: Music and the Modern Heroine 366 Gillen D'Arcy Wood 33 Jane Austen and Performance: Theatre, Memory, and Enculturation 377 Daniel O'Quinn Part V Reception and Reinvention 389 34 Jane Austen and Genius 391 Deidre Lynch 35 Jane Austen's Periods 402 Mary A. Favret 36 Nostalgia 413 Nicholas Dames 37 Austen's European Reception 422 Anthony Mandal 38 Jane Austen and the Silver Fork Novel 434 Edward Copeland 39 Jane Austen in the World: New Women, Imperial Vistas 444 Katie Trumpener 40 Sexuality 456 Fiona Brideoake 41 Jane Austen and Popular Culture 467 Judy Simons 42 Austenian Subcultures 478 Mary Ann O'Farrell Bibliography 488 Index 513
"The advantage is that the chapters tend to be manageable, clear, and focused - perfect, in fact, for assigning to undergraduate and beginning graduate students." (Notes and Queries, March 2010) "This book would be a worthy addition to any university, school and even private library in a place where Austen is read and re-read." (Transnational Literature , May 2009) "Austenites should be delighted with this comprehensive survey of contemporary Austen studies. [...] This should become a standard Austen reference. Highly recommended." (Choice, August 2009)
Claudia L. Johnson is Chair of the Department of English at Princeton University. Her previous books include Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (1988), Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (1995), and The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (2002), along with editions of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (1998), Sense and Sensibility (2002), and Northanger Abbey (2003). Her forthcoming works include Jane Austen’s Cults and Cultures, tracing permutations of “Jane mania” from 1817 to the present, and Raising the Novel, which explores modern efforts to create a novelistic canon by elevating novels to keystones of high culture. Clara Tuite is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon (2002, 2008), as well as several essays on Austen, and the co-editor, with Gillian Russell, of Romantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770-1840 (2002, 2006).
A Companion to Jane Austen provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary Austen studies while covering the full breadth of the novelist's work and career. Focusing on changing contexts and cultures of reception, the text provides groundbreaking new interpretations in more than forty essays by a distinguished team of influential literary critics and Austen scholars. Sections include: The Life and the Texts; Reading the Texts; Literary Genres and Genealogies; Political, Social and Cultural Worlds; and Reception and Reinvention. As a scholarly reference and comprehensive survey of the most innovative speculative developments in the field, A Companion to Jane Austen illuminates the power of Austen's novels to enchant readers.
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