Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood by Kathryn SutherlandJane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood by Kathryn Sutherland

Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood

byKathryn SutherlandAs told byKathryn Sutherland

Paperback | August 29, 2007

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Through three intertwined histories Jane Austen's Textual Lives offers a new way of approaching and reading a very familiar author. One is a history of the transmission and transformation of Jane Austen through manuscripts, critical editions, biographies, and adaptations; a second provides aconspectus of the development of English Studies as a discipline in which the original and primary place of textual criticism is recovered; and a third reviews the role of Oxford University Press in shaping a canon of English texts in the twentieth century. Jane Austen can be discovered in allthree. Since her rise to celebrity status at the end of the nineteenth century, Jane Austen has occupied a position within English-speaking culture that is both popular and canonical, accessible and complexly inaccessible, fixed and certain yet wonderfully amenable to shifts of sensibility and culturalassumptions. The implied contradiction was represented in the early twentieth century by, on the one hand, the Austen family's continued management, censorship, and sentimental marketing of the sweet lady novelist of the Hampshire countryside; and on the other, by R. W. Chapman's 1923 ClarendonPress edition of the Novels of Jane Austen, which subjected her texts to the kind of scholarly probing reserved till then for classical Greek and Roman authors obscured by centuries of attrition. It was to be almost fifty years before the Clarendon Press considered it necessary to recalibrate thereputation of another popular English novelist in this way. Beginning with specific encounters with three kinds of textual work and the problems, clues, or challenges to interpretation they continue to present, Kathryn Sutherland goes on to consider the absence of a satisfactory critical theory of biography that can help us address the partial life, and endswith a discussion of the screen adaptations through which the texts continue to live on. Throughout, Jane Austen's textual identities provide a means to explore the wider issue of what text is and to argue the importance of understanding textual space as itself a powerful agent established only byrecourse to further interpretations and fictions.
Kathryn Sutherland is a Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, University of Oxford.
Title:Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to BollywoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:August 29, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199234280

ISBN - 13:9780199234288


Table of Contents

One: 'The Making of England's Jane'i. 'Everybody's dear Jane'ii. Janeites in the trenchesiii. R. W. Chapman restores civilizationiv. Territorial actsTwo: Personal Obscurity and the Biographer's Baggagei. Ground rules?ii. Cassandra's legacies, or the family management of Jane Austen's lifeiii. Two textsiv. Secrets and lies, or managing the familyv. Coda: portraitsThree: Manuscripts and the Acts of Writingi. Dead ends and false startsii. iThe Watsons/i: Jane Austen's other Bath noveliii. iPersuasion/i: from manuscript to printiv. iSanditon/iFour: Textual Identities: 1i. 'Print settles it'ii. Professional writer: Jane Austen's other identityiii. 'The Steventon Edition'iv. Continuations: Anna Lefroy's iSanditon/i and Catherine Hubback's iThe Younger Sister/iFive: Speaking Commasi. 'A total inattention to stops, and a very frequent ignorance of grammar'ii. 'To an editor nothing is a trifle by which his author is obscured'iii. 'For this book is the talking voice that runs on'Six: Textual Identities: 2i. 'The grammar of literary investigation': or, a brief history of textual criticism in the twentieth centuryii. Film as textual future

Editorial Reviews

`Professor Sutherland's achievement is not only in commanding such an extensive and varied field but doing so in such fascinating detail'Jane Austen Society Newsletter