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Understanding Austen: Key Concepts in the Six Novels [Hardcover]

Maggie Lane
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30 Aug 2012
No other author uses abstract nouns as extensively as Jane Austen. Three of her six novels even draw on such words for their titles: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion. Terms like 'elegance', 'gentility' and 'propriety' seem to define her well-ordered, judgemental world. In making the fine moral, psychological and social discriminations on which her plots depend, Jane Austen draws on the vocabulary of her age, which is both more abstract and more fixed than that of today. But as this study shows, she was capable of subtlety and even ambiguity in her deployment of such key concepts. Here, Maggie Lane, acclaimed author of many Jane Austen books, turns her attention to the fascinating nuances of Austen's language and the way it embodies her most profound beliefs about human conduct and character.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709090781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709090786
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Austen enthusiasts and general readers will value this title." --"Library Journal Xpress Reviews

About the Author

Maggie Lane is the author of Jane Austen's Family, Jane Austen's England and Literary Daughters among other books. She has also published articles in The Annual Report of the Jane Austen Society and Persuasions, the journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She has lectured on Jane Austen in the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. Having served for many years on the committee of the Jane Austen Society UK, she is now Chair of its South West branch; she lives in Exeter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Austen 30 Aug 2013
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The author looks at Jane Austen's use of language in this fascinating book - fascinating that is for anyone who enjoys Jane Austen's writing. She illustrates Austen's use of words by plentiful quotations from the texts of the novels. What I found most useful was the information about how the meanings of words have changed since the early nineteenth century.

Some of the words examined are, Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment; Gentility; Propriety and Decorum as well as Air and Address and Reason and Feeling. The author, in the process of looking at Jane Austen's language also looks at some of the main characters in the novels and gave me food for thought over some of the characters.

What I've always liked about Jane Austen's novels is that however many times you read them you can still see something new every time you read them. Reading books like this which examine the novels in details also helps me to see things in the novels from a different perspective. There is also a useful bibliography at the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars USA version coming of this book? 10 Aug 2012
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I haven't read this because it isn't available in the USA so I'm wondering if there are plans to publish it over here or if I need to order it in the UK? I would love to give a review but, as you can tell, I can't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Austen 30 Aug 2013
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The author looks at Jane Austen's use of language in this fascinating book - fascinating that is for anyone who enjoys Jane Austen's writing. She illustrates Austen's use of words by plentiful quotations from the texts of the novels. What I found most useful was the information about how the meanings of words have changed since the early nineteenth century.

Some of the words examined are, Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment; Gentility; Propriety and Decorum as well as Air and Address and Reason and Feeling. The author, in the process of looking at Jane Austen's language also looks at some of the main characters in the novels and gave me food for thought over some of the characters.

What I've always liked about Jane Austen's novels is that however many times you read them you can still see something new every time you read them. Reading books like this which examine the novels in details also helps me to see things in the novels from a different perspective. There is also a useful bibliography at the end of the book.
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