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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This is the voice of a woman who believed in the superiority of her art . In an
essay entitled “ Jane Austen and the Geese " ( the Geese are critics ) , Virginia
Woolf observes , “ We remember that Jane Austen wrote novels . It might be
Through the narrative voice , Austen demonstrates mature womanhood . She
conveys her affection for Catherine ' s warm heart and genuineness but laughs at
her foolishness . She embraces Henry ' s wit but rejects his pedantry . How ironic
I believe that this Austen voice - the one striving to conquer irreverence and rise
above discontent in order to be a better soul - comes out most directly in Fanny
Price . This is not to suggest that Austen was Fanny , nor that she wanted to be
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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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