Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey/Persuasion (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism 1st ed. 2016)

Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey/Persuasion (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism 1st ed. 2016)

By: Enit Karafili Steiner (author)Paperback

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Northanger Abbey was one of Jane Austen's earliest manuscripts; Persuasion was her last. Published together in a single volume after her death, the two books differ widely. Northanger Abbey is a spirited, Gothic parody, while Persuasion has increasingly been seen as a new direction for the Austen canon. The two texts have been widely analysed and debated since publication, and continue to be so today. In this Readers' Guide, Enit Karafili Steiner: * delineates a clear trajectory through the books' many interpretations over two centuries, mapping these out thematically and chronologically * contextualises and brings into dialogue influential approaches such as psychoanalytical criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism, and feminism * discusses film adaptations of the novels and their relation to literary criticism

About Author

Enit Karafili Steiner is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.


Introduction.- 1. From Pen to Print.- 2. Contemporary Reception, 1818-1840s.- 3. Victorian Readers, 1850s-1900s.- 4. The 'Cult of Jane' and the Rise of the Novel, 1900s-1950s.- 5. The Text, the Unconscious, and Commodity, 1950s-1990s.- 6. Political and Historical Austen, 1950s-1990s.- 7. New Millennium, New Directions.- 8. From Words to Image and Sound.- Conclusion.- Endnotes.- Bibliography.- Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781137432162
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781137432162
  • weight: 254
  • ISBN10: 1137432160
  • edition: 1st ed. 2016

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