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Jane Austen and the War of Ideas Paperback – 28 Jan 1988


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (28 Jan 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198129688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198129684
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`There can be no doubt of the immense value for the critical reader of this impressive exposition of conflicting views concerning the individual and society at the end of the 18th century.' The Review of English Studies.

'the most accomplished 'close reading' to date of Jane Austen's dialogue, and the most stylish book written on Austen since Mary Lascelles's Jane Austen and her Art.' Marilyn Butler The London Review of Books

'Readers of Jane Austen will welcome the return of Marilyn Butler's learned and controversial book on Jane Austen, reprinted with a new and extensive survey of recent scholarship. ... this book will be a valuable addition to a scholar's library. Butler's thesis casts light on Austen's fiction and her style emulates Austen'sw crisp clarity. ... Butler writes informatively about her subject, rather than about the need for the method. ' Eighteenth Century Fiction

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Marilyn Butler is at University of Cambridge.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William Sibree on 30 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
What I found exceptional and plausible about this book was that it debunked conclusively cosy notions about Jane Austen as a proto-Romantic and "Persuasion" as a turning point in her moral thinking. Marilyn Butler sees her for what she was: a political and moral conservative. But what Butler exposes so clearly is her radical and original approach to narrative and the novel. The changing lens of her narrative perspective - from totally detached to infiltrated into one character - is streets ahead of her time. We begin to see how decades later someone can write "Madame Bovary" or "To the Lighthouse".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1973 on 17 Jan 2003
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If you love Jane Austen, you should read this. It's a rather polemical presentation of her as a politically motivated writer, but don't let that put you off: even if you don't agree with the idea, it will add so much richness, context and depth to your enjoyment of the novels that it's definitely worth it.
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