Searching for Jane Austen
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004 - 344 sider
Searching for Jane Austen demolishes with wit and vivacity the often-held view of "Jane," a decorous maiden aunt writing her small drawing-room stories of teas and balls. Emily Auerbach presents a different Jane Austen—a brilliant writer who, despite the obstacles facing women of her time, worked seriously on improving her craft and became one of the world’s greatest novelists, a master of wit, irony, and character development.
In this beautifully illustrated and lively work, Auerbach surveys two centuries of editing, censoring, and distorting Austen’s life and writings. Auerbach samples Austen’s flamboyant, risqué adolescent works featuring heroines who get drunk, lie, steal, raise armies, and throw rivals out of windows. She demonstrates that Austen constantly tested and improved her skills by setting herself a new challenge in each of her six novels.
In addition, Auerbach considers Austen’s final irreverent writings, discusses her tragic death at the age of forty-one, and ferrets out ridiculous modern adaptations and illustrations, including ads, cartoons, book jackets, newspaper articles, plays, and films from our own time. An appendix reprints a ground-breaking article that introduced Mark Twain’s "Jane Austen," an unfinished and unforgettable essay in which Twain and Austen enter into mortal combat.
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When Captain Wentworth first meets Anne , she is just shy of her twentieth year
and seems to embody the feminine ideal : “ an extremely pretty girl , with
gentleness , modesty , taste , and feeling ” ( 26 ) . Nearly eight years later , as the
Captain Wentworth speaks of his ships and his voyages with obvious pride .
Captain Wentworth shares with Edward Ferrars an allegiance to a strict code of
honor . Like Edward feeling duty bound to Lucy Steele , Captain Wentworth
Despite her earlier “ prejudices on the side of ancestry , ” Lady Russell can now
admit “ she had been pretty completely wrong ” in severing Anne ' s youthful
engagement to Captain Wentworth and can proclaim herself ready “ to take up a
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An excellent book on the image vs the reality of Jane Austen. Emily Auerbach may be in danger of being drummed out of academia for writing a book that is so well-researched and so detailed, and yet so ... Les hele vurderingen
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