Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism by Laurence W. MazzenoJane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism by Laurence W. Mazzeno

Jane Austen: Two Centuries of Criticism

byLaurence W. Mazzeno

Paperback | July 5, 2017

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Among the most important English novelists, Jane Austen is unusual because she is esteemed not only by academics but by the reading public. Her novels continue to sell well, and films adapted from her works enjoy strong box-office success. The trajectory of Austen criticism is intriguing, especially when one compares it to that of other nineteenth-century English writers. At least partly because she was a woman in the early nineteenth century, she was long neglected by critics, hardly considered a major figure in English literature until well into the twentieth century, a hundred years after her death. Yet consequently she did not suffer from the reaction against Victorianism that did so much to hurt the reputation of Dickens, Tennyson, Arnold, and others. How she rose to prominence among academic critics - and has retained her position through the constant shifting of academic and critical trends - is a story worth telling, as it suggests not only something about Austen's artistry but also about how changes in critical perspective can radically alter a writer's reputation.

Title:Jane Austen: Two Centuries of CriticismFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:July 5, 2017Publisher:Boydell & BrewerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1640140069

ISBN - 13:9781640140066


Editorial Reviews

“[W]ill make shelf-challenged booklovers willingly dust off more space. . . . [A] useful tool for assessing past writings and approaches, a solid base upon which to build further scholarship.” —Jane Austen Society of North America Newsletter“A seminal work of academic excellence and an especially recommended addition to personal and academic library reference collections and reading lists.” —Midwest Book Review“A generous, articulate, well-organized, and, amazingly, . . . inviting survey of biography and exegesis. . . . Mazzeno’s study is capacious and comprehensive in range and witness.” —Wordsworth Circle