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Character and Conflict in Jane Austen's Novels : a Psychological Approach

Author: Bernard J Paris
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Character and Conflict in Jane Austen's Novels, Bernard J. Paris offers an analysis of the protagonists in four of Jane Austen's most popular novels. His analysis reveals them to be brilliant mimetic creations who often break free of the formal and thematic limitations placed upon them by Austen. Paris traces the powerful tensions between form, theme, and mimesis in Mansfield Park, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard J Paris
ISBN: 9781315081540 1315081547 9781351529419 1351529412 9781351529426 1351529420
OCLC Number: 1001905771
Notes: Originally published 2013 by Transaction Publishers.
Description: 1 online resource (208 pages)
Contents: Chapter 1 Form, Theme, and Mimesis --
chapter 2 Mansfield Park --
chapter 3 Emma --
chapter 4 Pride and Prejudice --
chapter 5 Persuasion --
chapter 6 Jane Austen: The Authorial Personality.
Responsibility: Bernard J. Paris.

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"In Character and Conflict in Jane Austen's Novels, Bernard J. Paris offers an analysis of the protagonists in four of Jane Austen's most popular novels. His analysis reveals them to be brilliant mimetic creations who often break free of the formal and thematic limitations placed upon them by Austen. Paris traces the powerful tensions between form, theme, and mimesis in Mansfield Park, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion . Paris uses Northrop Frye's theory of comic forms to analyse and describe the formal structure of the novels, and Karen Horney's psychological theories to explore the personalities and inner conflicts of the main characters. The concluding chapter turns from the characters to their creator, employing the Horneyan categories of self-effacing, detached, and expansive personality types to interpret Jane Austen's own personality. Readers of Jane Austen will find much that is new and challenging in this study. It is one of the few books to recognise and pay tribute to Jane Austen's genius in characterisation. Anyone who reads this book will come away with a new understanding of Austen's heroines as imagined human beings and also with a deeper feeling for the troubled humanity of the author herself."--Provided by publisher.

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