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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If , as Austen tells us , some men want imbecilic women and the rest want
ignorant ones , where does a woman like our author fit in ? Perhaps she fits in
best with Henry Tilney , sharing his delight in the absurd . Thinking about
Catherine stuck ...
If you care to know how So - and - so marries So - and - so , I will tell you . ” 15
Austen tells her readers far more than that . We recognize Marianne ' s idealism
and scorn of outmoded conventions , but also her impracticality and zeal .
Austen does not come in as narrator to tell us her ideals or even to indicate
whether we are to prefer Elinor to Marianne , Edward to Colonel Brandon .
Instead of intruding as she did in Northanger Abbey to tell us about the hero and
heroine 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 ... Ler crítica na íntegra
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