Jane Austen and the Fiction of her Time by Mary WaldronJane Austen and the Fiction of her Time by Mary Waldron

Jane Austen and the Fiction of her Time

byMary Waldron

Paperback | June 18, 2001

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This book presents Jane Austen as a radical innovator. It explores the nature of her confrontation with the popular novelists of her time, and demonstrates how her challenge to them transformed fiction. Mary Waldron shows how Austen's novels exemplify the strong skepticism about contemporary notions of the proper content and purpose of fiction that is evident from family letters and other sources. In thus identifying her literary motivation, this book offers a fresh and unifying critique of the novels.
Title:Jane Austen and the Fiction of her TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:June 18, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521003881

ISBN - 13:9780521003889

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The juvenilia, the early unfinished novels and Northanger Abbey; 2. The non-heiresses: The Watsons and Pride and Prejudice; 3. Sense and the single girl; 4. The frailties of Fanny; 5. Men of sense and silly wives - the confusions of Mr Knightley; 6. Rationality and rebellion: Persuasion and the model girl; 7. Sanditon - Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"With many scholarly articles on women's writing and eighteenth-century literature... to her credit, Mary Waldron brings her excellent abilities to a unifying critical interpretation of Jane Austen's novels." Victorian Periodicals Review