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Copyright

Nora Bartlett; Jane Stabler

Published On

2021-02-03

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-975-1
Hardback978-1-78374-976-8
PDF978-1-78374-977-5
HTML978-1-80064-621-6
XML978-1-78374-980-5
EPUB978-1-78374-978-2
MOBI978-1-78374-979-9

Language

  • English

Print Length

252 pages (xviii+234)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 18 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.69" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 21 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.81" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1069g (37.71oz)
Hardback1455g (51.32oz)

Media

Illustrations1

OCLC Number

1237779518

LCCN

2020445301

BIC

  • D
  • DSBF

BISAC

  • FIC027070
  • LIT024040
  • LIT004120
  • LIT000000

LCC

  • PR4037
  • B37

Keywords

  • Jane Austen
  • fiction
  • human behaviour
  • family relationships
  • sickness
  • hypochondria
  • love
  • romance
  • literary criticism
  • regency
  • nineteenth century
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Jane Austen

Reflections of a Reader

  • Nora Bartlett (author)
  • Jane Stabler (editor)
This volume presents an exhilarating and insightful collection of essays on Jane Austen – distilling the author’s deep understanding and appreciation of Austen’s works across a lifetime. The volume is both intra- and inter-textual in focus, ranging from perceptive analysis of individual scenes to the exploration of motifs across Austen’s fiction.

Full of astute connections, these lively discussions hinge on the study of human behaviour – from family relationships to sickness and hypochondria – highlighting Austen’s artful literary techniques and her powers of human observation.

Jane Austen: Reflections of a Reader by (the late) Nora Bartlett is a brilliant contribution to the field of Jane Austen studies, both in its accessible style (which preserves the oral register of the original lectures), and in its foregrounding of the reader in a warm, compelling and incisive conversation about Austen’s works. As such, it will appeal widely to all lovers of Jane Austen, whether first-time readers, students or scholars.

Endorsements

This exhilarating collection of essays is the product of a lifetime's engagement with Jane Austen's writing. They are modest, searching, wonderfully perceptive essays from which all lovers of Jane Austen, the most knowledgeable as well as those who have just discovered her, will have much to learn. They are essays that send us back to the novels with a renewed understanding of Jane Austen's extraordinary achievement.

Prof. Richard Cronin

University of Glasgow

Reviews

A collection of insightful talks and essays on Jane Austen … Nora Bartlett throws light on the characters’ moments of grace, or on the power and truth of emotions … her acute and sympathetic observations … aim at developing the readers’ clear and accurate perception of Austen’s nuanced prose, and their awareness of more political themes, such as women’s economic and social predicament at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Marie-Laure Massei-Chamayou

"Nora Bartlett, Jane Austen: Reflections of A Reader". Miranda [Online] (2108-6559), vol. 23, 2021. doi:10.4000/miranda.41659

Full Review

Additional Resources

Contents

1. Reading Pride and Prejudice over Fifty Years

(pp. 1–18)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.01

2. Sense and Sensibility

(pp. 19–40)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.02

3. Mothers and Daughters in Jane Austen

(pp. 41–62)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.03

4. Mrs. Jennings

(pp. 63–76)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.04

5. Lady Susan

(pp. 77–92)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.05

6. In Sickness and in Health: Courting and Nursing in Some Jane Austen Novels

(pp. 93–112)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.06

7. Food in Jane Austen’s Fiction

(pp. 113–132)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.07

8. Emma and Harriet: Walking Companions

(pp. 133–148)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.08

9. Emma in the Snow

(pp. 149–154)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.09

10. What’s Wrong with Mansfield Park

(pp. 155–174)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.10

11. Jane Austen and Grandparents

(pp. 175–186)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.11

12. Jane Austen and Burns

(pp. 187–198)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.12

13. Sanditon and Suspense

(pp. 199–214)
  • Nora Bartlett
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.13

Preface

(pp. vii–xvi)
  • Jane Stabler
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0216.14

Contributors

Nora Bartlett

(author)
Honorary Lecturer in the School of English at University of St Andrews

Jane Stabler

(editor)