Austen's Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Laughter, Embodied History by J. Heydt-stevensonAusten's Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Laughter, Embodied History by J. Heydt-stevenson

Austen's Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Laughter, Embodied History

byJ. Heydt-stevenson

Paperback | September 2, 2008

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Austen'sUnbecomingConjunctions is a contemporary study of all Jane Austen's writings focusing on her representation of women, sexuality, the material objects, and linguistic patterns by which this sexuality was expressed. Heydt-Stevenson demonstrates the subtle, vulgar, and humorous ways Austen uses human bodies, objects, and activities (fashion, jewelry, crafts, popular literature, travel and tourism, money, and courtship rituals) to convey sexuality and sexual appetites. Through the sexual subtext, Heydt-Stevenson proposes, Austen satirized contemporary sexual hypocrisy; overcame the stereotypes of women authors as sexually inhibited, sheltered, or repressed; and addressed as sophisticated and worldly an audience as Byron's. Thus through her careful reading of all the Austen texts in light of the language of eroticism, both traditional and contemporary, Heydt-Stevenson re-evaluates Austen's audience, the novels, and her role as a writer.
JILL HEYDT-STEVENSON is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder, USA.
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Title:Austen's Unbecoming Conjunctions: Subversive Laughter, Embodied HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:275 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.65 inPublished:September 2, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations Introduction: Did Jane Austen Really Mean That? Bejewelling the Clandestine Body/Bawdy: The Miniature Spaces of Sense and Sensibility The Anxieties and 'Felicities of Rapid Motion': Moving Bodies in Pride and Prejudice Fashioning the Body: Cross-Dressing, Dressing, Undressing, and Dressage in Northanger Abbey Making and Improving: Women, Masquerades, and Erotic Humor in Mansfield Park 'Praying to Cupid for a Cure': Venereal Disease, Prostitution, and the Marriage Market in Juvenilia and Emma 'Unbecoming Conjunctions': Bawdy Mourning and the Female Gaze in Persuasion Works Cited

Editorial Reviews

 “This is a book that will forever change the way we read Jane Austen’s fiction. In a series of compelling and well-documented analyses, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson shows us that Austen’s work is replete with sexual jokes, bawdy humor, double-entendres, erotic puns. Moreover, she persuasively argues that for Jane Austen, the mind cannot be separated from the body: sense and sensibility, consciousness and physical sensations, thought and feeling, are inextricably fused.”-- Anne K. Mellor, Romantic Circles"Austen's Unbecoming Conjunctions is persuasive, engagingly written, and original in both detail and general argument."—Jocelyn Harris, Nineteenth-Century Literature