This book is an exploration of Jane Austen's novels through the eyes of an historian. It demonstrates how the novels illuminate English history between 1792 and 1817, and how an appreciation of history can enrich our reading of the novels themselves. Building a picture of Jane Austen's life and of the world she inhabited in the period during and immediately after the Napoleonic Wars, Oliver MacDonagh analyzes her experience and her reactions, showing how she worked them into her fiction. Each chapter combines an examination of Jane Austen's ideas and conduct in a particular field with a consideration of her treatment of the same subject in one or more of her works. Topics such as her Anglicanism, her family relations, and her opinions on money are investigated in this way. Similarly, other chapters takle themes such as girlhood, education, marriage and local society. In every case her real and imagined worlds richly illuminate each other.
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In this elegant and fascinating book, a distinguished historian shows how Jan Austen's novels illuminate early nineteenth-century English history and how, in turn, an appreciation of this period in history enriches our reading of the novels.From Library Journal:
Austen is occasionally criticized for being unconscious of the social history and politics of her own times. MacDonagh ably demonstrates the contrary; in fact, Austen's writings may themselves be used as historical illustrations for Georgian and Regency England. He discusses religion, economics, education, family life, and county society within the framework of Austen's life and writings as well as contemporary British history and politics. His bibliographical references are especially useful. MacDonagh is a historian, retired from Australian National University in Canberra, and the author of several works on British and Irish history, including the well-received two-volume biography of Daniel O'Connell ( The Hereditary Bondsman , St. Martin's, 1988, and The Emancipist , St. Martin's, 1989); he is also an avowed Austenite, who quotes as readily from Lady Susan as from Mansfield Park . This book should interest both students of English social history and students of Austen.
- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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Descrizione libro Yale University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0300050844 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1079607
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0300050844