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Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets [Hardcover]

William Deresiewicz

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22 Feb 2005
This elegant and thoughtful work offers an important new way of understanding Jane Austen by defining the fundamental impact and influence of British Romanticism on her later novels. In comparing the earlier and later phases of Austen's career, Deresiewicz addresses an important yet neglected issue regarding her work: the longstanding critical consensus that Austen's last three novels ( Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion) represent far greater artistic achievements than do her first three ( Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice). Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets offers a rich account of the differences between the two phases of Austen's career. In doing so, it contextualizes her later novels within the British Romantic movement and the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, and Byron. Through close readings of Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion, Deresiewicz reveals the importance of Romantic ideas in Austen's later work, considering the ways in which the novels investigate hidden mechanisms of psychic and affective life, including "substitution," "ambiguous relationships," and "widowhood." Deresiewicz's innovative approach and its emphasis on Romanticism opens up new perspectives on Austen's later novels by exploring their patterns of imagery, narrative logics, and social and historical dimensions.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1st Edition edition (22 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231134142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231134149
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,529,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensive in its scope, ambitious in its aims. -- Michael Caines Times Literary Supplement 7/15/05 This is an important, well-written book that makes a number of bold claims about Austen's work. -- Beth Lau Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America Winter 2005

About the Author

William Deresiewicz is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Yale University. He has written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, the Nation, and the London Review of Books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen For Her Lovers 25 July 2014
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This is strictly for Jane Austen deep readers (addicts). It would be necessary to have read all 6 novels at least once and I would highly recommend Bill Deresiewicz' other fine book "My Jane Austen Education." He writes clearly and has his facts straight. I am also learning a lot about the Romantic Poets.
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