The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies

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Most of Jane Austen’s novels are set in country houses, mansions, and parsonages located in fictional English villages and provincial towns, although the action occasionally shifts to London and a few other real places such as Bath, Portsmouth, and Lyme Regis. The article undertakes to explain why seaside locations appear only in Austen’s later works, but the main focus of interest is on the imaginary fishing village called Sanditon, as it transforms into a fashionable resort in the writer’s last and unfinished novel of the same title. This incomplete work is approached as a “modern” novel which depicts a major economic, social, and cultural change that England underwent at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and particularly in the Regency period.

Places in Austen’s Life and Works

Jane Austen lived most of her short life in the rural areas of Hampshire in the south of England. She was born in the village of Steventon on 16 December 1775 and spent the first...

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  1. 1.University of OpoleOpolePoland