By Robert Thomas Lambdin, Laura Cooner Lambdin
Jane Austen considerably formed the improvement of the English novel, and her works stay learn generally at the present time. notwithstanding she is better identified for her novels, feel and Sensibility, delight and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion, she additionally wrote poems, letters, prayers and diverse items of juvenalia. those writings were attracting the eye of students; her significant works have already generated a wide physique of scholarly and demanding stories. This reference is a consultant to her works and the reaction to them.
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Extra info for A Companion to Jane Austen Studies
Major writers, for Leavis, “not only change the possibilities of the art for practitioners and readers, but . . are significant in terms of the human awareness they promote; awareness of the possibilities of life” (2). Austen not only understood and expressed an ideal balance of life and art; she was recognized by other great writers, including George Eliot and Henry James, as an inspiration and a paradigm. George Moore provides on a smaller scale a similar celebration of Sense and Sensibility, albeit in a more modulated discussion of the novel’s strengths and weaknesses.
Claudia Johnson moves the political-historical project more firmly into a feminist context. By joining the political and the sexual, she is able to reexamine what she considers simplistic or anachronistic approaches to the conservativereformist debate inspired by the French Revolution. For Johnson Sense and Sensibility critiques the conservative ideology “thought an examination for the morally vitiating tendencies of patriarchy” in ways that she finds radical (69). Central to her reading is the inset tale of the two Elizas, neutralized by Colonel Brandon’s narration, yet stark in their rendering of life outside the safe patriarchal social system.
Yet their pace and scope call for a greater awareness of reading practice, as readers and browsers find themselves immersed in volumes of information not previously available. A sort of information overload, or distraction, may set in, prompting the reader to reorganize the data in shapes compatible with his or her prior reading experiences. And as undergraduates rapidly become thoroughly postmodern readers, attention to these kinds of responses will be necessary to establish communication and foster discussion.
A Companion to Jane Austen Studies by Robert Thomas Lambdin, Laura Cooner Lambdin