What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

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Hardcover, St Martins Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9781620400418, ISBN10 1620400413

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A literary scholar poses twenty questions that reveal deep truths about the iconic writer and her lasting influence, demonstrating how Austen's genius can be better appreciated with an understanding of her books' character dynamics, unspoken sexuality, and period conventions.

Which important Austen characters never speak? Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call one another, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? In "What Matters in Jane Austen?," John Mullan shows that we can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction. Asking and answering some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, he reveals the inner workings of their greatness.In twenty short chapters, each of which explores a question prompted by Austens novels, Mullan illuminates the themes that matter most in her beloved fiction. Readers will discover when Austen's characters had their meals and what shops they went to; how vicars got good livings; and how wealth was inherited. "What Matters in Jane Austen? "illuminates the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and daring as a novelist. It uses telling passages from Austen's letters and details from her own life to explain episodes in her novels: readers will find out, for example, what novels she read, how much money she had to live on, and what she saw at the theater.Written with flair and based on a lifetime's study, "What Matters in Jane Austen? "will allow readers to appreciate Jane Austen's work in greater depth than ever before.

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date: Jan 29, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781620400418
ISBN-10: 1620400413
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 352
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.5 x 6.0 x 1.2
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