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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Perhaps the older generation should just give up everything , Austen helpfully
suggests in “ Evelyn . ” A young man named Mr . Gower successfully convinces
the Webbs to give him not only food and money but also their house , grounds ,
Which approach does she recommend ? The Steele sisters are social hypocrites
, but it is precisely Lucy ' s cunning use of flattery that will land her a wealthy
husband by the novel ' s end . Did Elinor need to give an opinion about the boys
To the irritation of many critics , Austen chooses to withdraw as narrator rather
than give us tender romantic scenes between her two pairs of lovers . When
Edward finally has the freedom to propose to Elinor , Austen states matter - of -
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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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