Jane Austen and the Body: The Picture of Health by John WiltshireJane Austen and the Body: The Picture of Health by John Wiltshire

Jane Austen and the Body: The Picture of Health

byJohn Wiltshire

Paperback | March 20, 2006

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Jane Austen has been thought of as a novelist of manners whose work discreetly avoids discussing the physical. John Wiltshire shows, on the contrary, how important are bodies and faces, illness and health, in the novels, from complainers and invalids such as Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Woodhouse, to the frail, debilitated Fanny Price, the vulnerable Jane Fairfax and the "picture of health," Emma. The book draws on modern theories of the body, and on eighteenth-century medical sources, to give a fresh and controversial reading of familiar texts.
Title:Jane Austen and the Body: The Picture of HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:March 20, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521024994

ISBN - 13:9780521024990


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; A note on texts; Introduction: Jane Austen and the body; 1. Sense, sensibility and the proofs of affection; 2. 'Eloquent blood': the coming out of Fanny Price; 3. Emma: the picture of health; 4. Persuasion: the pshychopathology of everyday life; 5. Sanditon: the enjoyments of invalidism; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"John Wiltishire's analysis is both innovative and probing..." Judith Hattaway, English Language Notes