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By Claudia L. Johnson, Clara Tuite

ISBN-10: 1405149094

ISBN-13: 9781405149099

Reflecting the dynamic and expansive nature of Austen experiences, A better half to Jane Austen offers forty two essays from a extraordinary staff of literary students that learn the whole breadth of the English novelist's works and profession.

  • Provides the main finished 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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This goes beyond, though it includes, what is visible from their characteristic graphic compression whereby topics are tumbled together, separated, or inappropriately yoked by dashes, an unparagraphed pileup of subjects and opinions, a paratactic rush of impressions unsorted by subordination. In the look of the letters we see reflected the look of the surviving working drafts of The Watsons and Sanditon. If we do not see it, we hear the same compositional compression in the interplay and encroachment of voice upon voice and topic on topic in the mature narrative style – though now as an artfully orchestrated fusion: Former provocations re-appeared.

Basingstoke and London: Macmillan. Le Faye, Deirdre (2004). Jane Austen. A Family Record (2nd edn). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ) (1990). Jane Austen’s Manuscript Letters in Facsimile. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press. Nokes, David (1997). Jane Austen: A Life. London: Fourth Estate. Spence, Jon (2003). Becoming Jane Austen. London and New York: Hambledon. Sutherland, Kathryn (2005). Jane Austen’s Textual Lives: from Aeschylus to Bollywood. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In this sense Cassandra is Jane Austen’s primary biographer, her relationship to the early sources that of an editor. Editing is choice, and until fairly recently, it tended in its critical methodology to submit the allowable variability of its materials to the service of a single “correct” text. Jane Austen, by Cassandra’s critical editorial act, is unsurprisingly unheterogeneous – a sister, a daughter, only a family member. There is the suggestive comment made by Caroline Austen, Jane Austen’s niece, who spent extended periods of time with the elderly Cassandra, that Cassandra wanted the younger generation of Austens to remember Aunt Jane, but made sure none of them individually remembered or could reassemble too much: “it must be a difficult task to dig up the materials, so carefully have they been buried out of our sight by the past generat[ion]” (Austen-Leigh 2002: 186–7).

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