9780521148252

Jane Austen and her Predecessors

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521148252

  • ISBN10:

    0521148251

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-03
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This is a study of influences on Jane Austen's art and views of life. She assimilated and transformed certain writings of earlier essayists and novelists; she was herself a potent influence. Dr Bradbrook provides the literary critic with a fresh position from which to inspect the novels. He isolates several kinds of influence that had affect on Jane, which he inspects one by one. First there are the periodical essayists, the moralists in prose and the writers of conduct books. These were sources of general reflections on moral and social behaviour: and especially interesting to Jane Austen when they touched on the position of women. Dr Bradbrook sketches her knowledge of and taste in the drama and poetry of the eighteenth century. In the second half of the book Dr Bradbrook analyses the influence that earlier novelists had on Jane Austen. Useful appendices reproduce some of the rarer sources.

Table of Contents

Preface
The General Literary Tradition:
Periodicals
Moralists in prose
The picturesque
Drama and poetry
The Tradition in the Novel:
The beginnings
The feminist tradition
Other influences
Conclusion
Books for young ladies
Lady Sara Pennington's An Unfortunate Mother's Advice to Her Absent Daughters
Mrs Jane West's Letters to a Young Lady
William Gilpin: An Essay upon Prints
Bibliography
Index
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