The Talk in Jane Austen by Bruce StovelThe Talk in Jane Austen by Bruce Stovel

The Talk in Jane Austen

EditorBruce Stovel, Lynn Weinlos

Paperback | December 16, 2002

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Contents Section One: Categories and Analysis 1. Silent Women, Shrews, and Bluestockings: Women and Speaking in Jane Austen . Jocelyn Harris 2. Asking Versus Telling: One Aspect of Jane Austen's Idea of Conversation . Bruce Stovel 3. Why Do They Talk So Much? How Can We Stand It? John Thorpe and Miss Bates . Isobel Grundy 4. Word-Work, Word-Play, and the Making of Intimacy in Pride and Prejudice . Kay Young Section Two: Aggression and Power 5. Mrs. Elton and Other Verbal Aggressors . Juliet McMaster 6. "Hands Off My Man!" or "Don't You Wish You Had One?": Some Subtexts of Conversational Combat in Jane Austen . Lesley Willis Smith 7. The Power of Women's Language and Laughter . Jan Fergus 8. Austen's Imagined Communities: Talk, Narration, and Founding the Modern State . Gary Kelly Section Three: Subtexts and Ironies 9. Mishearing, Misreading, and the Language of Listening . Ronald Hall 10. Belonging to the Conversation in Persuasion . Linda Bree 11. "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more": Direct Dialogue and Education in the Proposal Scenes . Sarah S. G. Frantz 12. Famous Last Words: Elizabeth Bennet Protests Too Much . Nora Foster Stovel Section Four: Speculations and Possibilities 13. Words Not Spoken: Courtship and Seduction in Jane Austen's Novels . Elizabeth Newark 14. Making Room in the Middle: Mary in Pride and Prejudice . Steven D. Scott 15. The Idiolects of the Idiots: The Language and Conversation of Jane Austen's Less Than Savoury Suitors . Jeffrey Herrle
Bruce Stovel (1941-2007) was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta. He co-edited two collections of essays on Austen and contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. Stovel's passion for teaching, literature, and blues music was celebrated in Jane Austen Sings the Blues. Lynn Weinlos Gregg teaches high-...
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Title:The Talk in Jane AustenFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 16, 2002Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IX - AcknowledgementsXI - Notes on ContributorsXV - A Note on ReferencesXVII - IntroductionSection One: Categories and Analysis3 - Chapter 1Silent Women, Shrews, and BluestockingsWomen and Speaking in Jane AustenJocelyn Harris23 - Chapter 2Asking Versus TellingOne Aspect of Jane Austen's Idea of ConversationBruce Stovel41 - Chapter 3Why Do They Talk So Much? How Can We Stand It?John Thorpe and Miss BatesIsobel Grundy57 - Chapter 4Word-Work, Word-Play, and hte Making of Intimacy in Pride and PrejudiceKay YoungSection Two: Aggression and Power73 - Chapter 5Mrs. Elton and Other Verbal AggressorsJuliet McMcaster91 - Chapter 6"Hands off my man!" or "Don't you wish you had one?"Some Subtexts of Conversational Combat in Jane AustenLesley Willis Smith103 - Chapter 7The Power of Women's Language and LaughterJan Fergus123 - Chapter 8Jane Austen's Imagined CommunitiesTalk, Narration, and Founding the Modern StateSection Three: Subtexts and Ironies141 - Chapter 9Mishearing, Misreading, and the Language of ListeningRonald Hall149 - Chapter 10Belonging to the Conversation in PersuasionLinda Bree167 - Chapter 11"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more'Direct Dialogue and Education in the Proposal ScenesSarah S.G. Frantz183 - Chapter 12 Famous Last WordsElizabeth Bennet Protests Too MuchNora Foster StovelSection Four: Speculations and Possibilities207 - Chapter 13Words Not SpokenCourtship and Seduction in Jane Austen's NovelsElizabeth Newark225 - Chapter 14Making Room in the MiddleMary in Pride and PrejudiceSteven D. Scott237 - Chapter 15The Idiolects of the IdiotsThe Language and Conversation of Jane Austen's Less-Than-Savoury SuitorsJeffrey Herrle253 - Works Cited261 - Index

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".genuinely groundbreaking essays from always-dependable sources: Juliet McMaster on the precise linguistic techniques that comprise the conversational aggressiveness of Mrs. Elton in Emma, and Gary Kelly on the suggestive analogy between imperial rule and the novelistic narrator, whose style and voice provide a standard against which all other voices in the story are measured." D.L. Patey, CHOICE