Eavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to Proust by Ann GaylinEavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to Proust by Ann Gaylin

Eavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to Proust

byAnn Gaylin

Paperback | August 20, 2007

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This study investigates human curiosity and its depiction in eavesdropping scenes in nineteenth-century English and French novels. Ann Gaylin sheds light on the social and psychological effects of the nineteenth-century rise of information technology and accelerated flow of information, as manifested in the anxieties about (and delight in) displays of private life and its secrets. She analyzes eavesdropping in Austen, Balzac, Collins, and Proust. This innovative study is of interest to scholars of nineteenth-century English and European literature.
Title:Eavesdropping in the Novel from Austen to ProustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:August 20, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521038901

ISBN - 13:9780521038904


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. I'm all ears: Pride and Prejudice, or the story behind the story; 2. Eavesdropping and the gentle art of Persuasion; 3. Household words: Balzac's and Dickens's domestic spaces; 4. The madwoman outside the attic: eavesdropping and narrative agency in The Woman in White; 5. La double entente: eavesdropping and identity in A la recherche du temps perdu; Conclusion: covert listeners and secret agents; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Gaylin writes beautifully--with an easy grace, clear use of theoretical materials, and sure grasp of textual details.... Every discussion is terse, intelligent, and convincing."