A Sample of Critical Views

  • Nicholas Marsh
Part of the Analysing Texts book series (ANATX)


In the case of Jane Austen we should preface this sample from the critics with a word about the particular virulence of the argument about her. There are plenty of different interpretations of Jane Austen, of course; but there is another, more personal controversy polarising her readers into partisan affection or hatred. Jane Austen seems to arouse these extremes of feeling, and here are a few samples.


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  1. 1.
    Journal, quoted in Andrew H. Wright, Jane Austen’s Novels: A Study in Structure, London, 1953 (Penguin, 1962, p. 17).Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    Smith, LeRoy W., Jane Austen and the Drama of Woman, London, 1983.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    De Beauvoir, Simone, The Second Sex, trans, and ed. H. M. Parshley, New York, 1970, p. 103.Google Scholar
  4. 8.
    Rasmussen, Barbara, ‘Discovering “A New Way of Reading”: Shoshana Felman, Psychoanalysis and Mansfield Park’, from Mansfield Park, ed. Nigel Wood, in the Theory in Practice’ series, England, 1993.Google Scholar
  5. 11.
    Farrer, Reginald, ‘Jane Austen’s Gran Rifuto’, Quarterly Review, July 1917.Google Scholar

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