Personal and Political Transformation in the Texts of Jane Austen (Studies in British Literature 76)

Personal and Political Transformation in the Texts of Jane Austen (Studies in British Literature 76)

By: Melora Giardetti (author)Hardback

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This study addresses the rich array of past and current scholarship and explores a new angle - Jane Austen's idea of personal reform precipitating societal transformation. It presents the ways in which she explores the complex nature of transformation through her inversion of the commonly held definitions of masks, mirrors and mirages - a trio not explored by other scholars and critics. As a subversive conservative, Austen seems most interested in examining the middle space existent in the nature of transformation. This study presents Austen amidst French (rather than English) contemporaries to establish her relationship to national and continental events, and, in exploring how she inverts the definitions of masks, mirrors and mirages, elucidates her political commentary in a new way.


Setting the stage - England and France, Austen and the French Revolution, the wider debate - Burke and Paine, literary discourse and historical happenings; masks that reveal - learning to mask, "Pride and Prejudice" and "Northanger Abbey", drastic measures - comparisons and contrasts in "Sense and Sensibility" and "Persuasion", socio-political underpinnings - "Emma" and "Mansfield Park"; mirrors that conceal -reflecting on mirrors, mirrors in Austen's "Juvenilia", reflections and the fine art of (mis)reading - "Persuasion", "Emma", "Pride and Prejudice" and "Lady Susan", the enemy without vs. the enemy within, Mr.Mirror; mirages that are real - history and literature - separate but equal?, flashes of light - "Northanger Abbey" and Jane Austen's letters, parallels and symmetries - "Love and Friendship" and "Emma"; conclusion - then and now - Austen's "History of England" and "Sandition" -endings and beginnings.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773466517
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 162
  • ID: 9780773466517
  • ISBN10: 0773466517

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