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Jane Austen: The Novels

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Part of the Analysing Texts book series (ANATX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Analysing Jane Austen’s Novels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 3-27
    3. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 28-65
    4. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 66-93
    5. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 94-129
    6. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 130-161
    7. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 162-195
    8. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 196-213
  3. The Context and the Critics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 219-231
    3. Nicholas Marsh
      Pages 245-270
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 271-276

About this book


Jane Austen's novels are among the most polished and carefully-crafted works in the English literary heritage. This book takes extracts and examines them in close detail, bringing out the extraordinary richness of irony and implication in Jane Austen's writing. Using the tool of textual analysis, the reader is taught to explore and enjoy the delicate comedy of her narratives, and to inquire into the serious moral purpose that lies behind each of these four novels. This guide does not simplify the study of Jane Austen, but invites the reader to pursue and revel in the ironic subtlety of her methods and thought.


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About the authors

NICHOLAS MARSH is the author of the popular How to Begin Studying English Literature, now in its second edition, and the Master Guide, The Wife of Bath's Tale. He teaches English at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Jane Austen: The Novels
  • Authors Nicholas Marsh
  • Series Title Analysing Texts
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-73929-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-69377-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26318-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Fiction
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