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Jane Austen and the Fiction of Her Time

 
지은이 : Mary Waldron
출판사 : Cambridge
판수 : 1st
페이지수 : 194
ISBN : 0521003881
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This book presents Jane Austen as a radical innovator. It explores the nature of her confrontation with the popular novelists of her time, and demonstrates how her challenge to them transformed fiction. Mary Waldron shows how Austen's novels exemplify the strong skepticism about contemporary notions of the proper content and purpose of fiction that is evident from family letters and other sources. In thus identifying her literary motivation, this book offers a fresh and unifying critique of the novels.
1.The juvenilia,the early unfinshed novels and northanger abbey
2.The non-heiresses:the watsons and prejudice
3.Sense and the single girl
4.The frailties of fanny
5.Men of sense and silly wives-the cinfusions of mr knightley
6.Rationality and rebellion:persuation and the model girl
7.Sanditon-conclusion
'… her evidence is so startlingly persuasive that all students of Austen will need to read her book with care.' Choice

"Waldron's ambitious work opens up Austen's oeuvre to new avenues of research." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

"[Waldron's] close reading and accurate analysis of the novels remind us of the importance - and the difficulty, too - of this basic work in the study of literature..." Eighteenth-Century Fiction

"With many scholarly articles on women's writing and eighteenth-century literature... to her credit, Mary Waldron brings her excellent abilities to a unifying critical interpretation of Jane Austen's novels." Victorian Periodicals Review
"Mary Waldron discusses each of Jane Austen's major novels in a separate chapter. Her views sometimes differ from those of other well-known critics, but her reasoning seems sound. For example, many critics believe that Jane Austen failed in her portrayal of Fanny Price in MANSFIELD PARK by making her too good. Waldron argues that Austen knew exactly what she was doing and that a careful reading shows that Fanny is not as good as she appears on the surface. The famous Austen irony is at work in Fanny's character.

Waldron, thankfully, refrains from Marxist, feminist, and Freudian critical readings of Austen's texts. She uses no incomprehensible jargon. Perhaps she is part of a trend. We can hope. "

   
 
   
 
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