An A-Z of Jane Austen (Paperback)

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Jane Austen's richly textured worlds have enchanted readers for centuries and this neatly organised, playful book provides Austen enthusiasts and students alike with a unique insight into the much-loved writer's way with words.

Using a lively A-Z structure, Greaney provides fresh angles on familiar Austen themes (D is for dance; M is for matchmaking), casts light on under-examined corners of her imagination (R is for risk; S is for servant), and shows how current social and cultural concerns are re-shaping our understanding of her work (Q is for queer; W is for West Indies). Through this approach, we learn how attention to the tiniest linguistic detail in Austen's work can yield rewarding new perspectives on the achievements of one of our most celebrated authors.

Sharply focused on textual detail but broad in scope it broaches questions that, like Austen's work, will intrigue, delight and inspire: Why are children so marginal in her storylines? Who is the best exponent of matchmaking in her fiction? Why are many of her female characters - but none of her heroines - called Jane? Providing a new close-up encounter with one of our most celebrated writers, this book invites a renewed appreciation of the infinite subtlety and endless re-readability of a body of writing in which every word counts.

About the Author

Michael Greaney is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Lancaster University, UK where he teaches a first-year module on Austen's unfinished works and a third-year module on her major works. He is the author of three monographs, the most recent of which is Sleep and the Novel: Fictions of Somnolence from Jane Austen to the Present.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350254206
ISBN-10: 1350254207
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: October 20th, 2022
Pages: 168
Language: English