By Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite
Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen reports, A better half to Jane Austen presents forty two essays from a distinctive staff of literary students that research the entire breadth of the English novelist's works and profession.
- Provides the main entire and updated array of Austen scholarship
- Functions either as a scholarly reference and as a survey of the main cutting edge speculative advancements within the box of Austen stories
- Engages at size with altering contexts and cultures of reception from the 19th to the twenty-first centuries
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Additional resources for A Companion to Jane Austen
Her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, was the first to suggest that Austen circumscribed her art to her brothers’ talents, each brother taking a significant role in shaping her abilities. ” Frank and Charles were naval officers, a fact which is embellished to explain why she “never touched upon politics, law, or medicine . . But with ships and sailors she felt herself at home, or at least could always trust to a brotherly critic to keep her right” (AustenLeigh 2002: 16–18). How else might Austen have known, not only about ships, but also and more generally about matters requiring literary judgment if it were not for her brothers?
II Biographies are built from interpretations rather more than from facts. In Jane Austen’s case there are so few facts that almost all we can know are the narrative consequences of different kinds of interpretation. In the Victorian period, this is evident in the contradictory family views on the letters. More recently, the challenge for the modern trade biographers has been to recover a personal Jane Austen and a plausible emotional and psychological hinterland for a writer, freed from family defensiveness.
Only recently have other models come into biographical contention. Austen’s older cousin Eliza Hancock, later Eliza de Feuillide, and later still, after her marriage to Henry, Eliza Austen, born in India and brought up in England and France, is beginning to be seen as her adventurous, cosmopolitan, and “outlandish” other. Eliza was an inspiration for the anarchic creativity of the juvenilia. Later it was from her London home that Jane saw Sense and Sensibility and perhaps Pride and Prejudice through the press.
A Companion to Jane Austen by Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite