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The Resource Jane Austen, John Lauber

Jane Austen, John Lauber

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Jane Austen
Title
Jane Austen
Statement of responsibility
John Lauber
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Jane Austen, John Lauber illuminates for the general reader and the student new to her work each of the six peerless novels Austen completed - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey - as well as her two unfinished novels and juvenilia. Lauber clearly lays out the parameters that at least define Austen territory: a desirous and desirable heroine and hero who are destined to marry (though not until they surmount many obstacles); an antihero who is charming but disingenuous and who serves as one of the obstacles to the union of heroine and hero; at least one fool, whose affectation, dullness, or vulgarity makes for comedy and sets off the intelligence and genuineness of the others; and an assortment of provincial ladies and gentlemen. The very presence of a stock of easily defined characters and situations has, since Austen began writing, been some cause for criticism. Lauber reviews the history of the response to Austen over the years: Sir Walter Scott's admiration for the "exquisite touch" that "renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting", the nineteenth-century Romantic's disdain for her emotional restraint, the twentieth-century critic's respect for her craftsmanship and fondness for her verve combined with dissatisfaction with her tacit acceptance of the subordinate position of women and of the oppressive moral and social conventions of her time. While thus acknowledging various views of Austen's shortcomings, Lauber is persistent in his appreciation of the reasons for her staying power. Each novel may be equally equipped with heroine, hero, antihero, and fool, but in every instance each such characteris a full-fledged individual; the many fans of Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennet will find the likes of her in no other novel. Austen's comic wit is irrepressible, her celebrated irony capable of bemused caricature and scornful exposure. Her dialogue is lively and her use of it - at a time when the English novel was barely 100 years old - inventive. Not to be discounted are her perception of human foible and vulnerability and her constancy in valuing genuine love and friendship. Such qualities have stood Austen and her heroines and heros well, making her six "miniatures" abiding companions to many, many readers for nearly two centuries
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DLC
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Twayne's English authors series.
Series volume
TEAS 498
Label
Jane Austen, John Lauber
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-153) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm27810519
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 159 pages
Isbn
9780805770148
Lccn
93003788
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Jane Austen, John Lauber
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-153) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm27810519
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 159 pages
Isbn
9780805770148
Lccn
93003788
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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