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What matters in Jane Austen? : twenty crucial puzzles solved

Author: John Mullan
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
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In twenty-one short chapters, each of which answers a question prompted by Jane Austen's novels, Mullan illuminates the themes that matter most to the workings of the fiction. So the reader will discover when people had their meals and what shops they went to, how they addressed each other, who was allowed to write letters to whom, who owned coaches or pianos, how vicars got good livings and how wealth was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Mullan
ISBN: 9781408820117 1408820110 9781408831694 1408831694
OCLC Number: 775028705
Description: 342 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: How much does age matter? --
Do sisters sleep together? --
What do the characters call each other? --
How do Jane Austen's characters look? --
Who dies in the course of her novels? --
Why is it risky to go to the seaside? --
Why is the weather important? --
Do we ever see the lower classes? --
Which important characters never speak in the novels? --
What games do characters play? --
Is there any sex in Jane Austen? --
What do characters say when the heroine is not there? --
How much money is enough? --
Why do her plots rely on blunders? --
What do characters read? --
Are ill people really to blame for their illnesses? --
What makes characters blush? --
What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? --
When does Jane Austen speak directly to the readers? --
How experimental a novelist is Jane Austen?
Responsibility: John Mullan.

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From 'Is there Sex Before Marriage in Austen?' to 'Which important Austen characters never speak?' the Guardian Book Club columnist answers 21 apparently trivial questions that reveal deep and hidden  Read more...

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One effect of reading Mullen's compendium is to make you appreciate the sheer density, the tight-woven intricacy, of every scene and every exchange in Austen. His approach illuminates, because no Read more...

 
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