Searching for Jane Austen
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004 - 344 páginas
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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Sir John and Lady Middleton resemble each other only " in that total want of
talent and taste , " and the audiences at their musical parties show a “ shameless
want of taste ” ( 32 , 35 ) . The cumulative effect of all these references to wants is
totally untitled Mrs . Gardiner , the novel ' s true “ lady ” ? Mrs . Gardiner is “ an
amiable , intelligent , elegant woman ” who shares with her husband “ affection
and intelligence , " or sensibility and sense ( 139 , 240 ) . Aristocracy based on
the way she does , while Lady Catherine insists , “ Nobody can feel the loss of
friends more than I do ” ( 210 ) . Why might Austen create these parallels ?
Perhaps she wishes readers to sense that class and wealth are mere accidents
of birth ...
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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 ... Ler crítica na íntegra
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