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EN 1006
Alison Halsall

English 1100 B March 5, 2009 Jane Austin  • Experience of men and women dictated by their gender • Novels concentrate on character and personality • Have a fair for the dramatic • Depict tensions between protagonists and society • Display wit and realism • Wanted to have her novels read by many people and even purchased something that was not the norm at the time as novels were very expensive • Her writings changed the gender roles between men and woman (removing woman from household, and =necessity for marriage Austin the Writer  • Parodied existing literary forms • Sentimental fiction; any type of fiction that exploits reader’s capacity for tenderness, compassion, or sympathy by presenting unrealistic views of its subject • Narrative centres around tempering of “pride and prejudice” o No love of first sight o Main characters had each other upon first sight • Mr. Darcy as a new type of hero • Between October 1796 and august 1797 Austen completed first version of Pride and Prejudice o Original title First Impressions • First paragraph in chapter 7 (pg. 20 of oxford edition) • Women have difficult inheriting property • To Entail – to restrict to a prescribed succession of people • Example – Bennet’s estate entailed to male heirs • Eventually in 1809 Jane Austen settled in a home, and she began to write her books Austen as Published Author  • Sense and Sensibility (1811), published anonymously • Pride and Prejudice (1813) • Both her well reviewed • Prince Regent (later George IV) had a set in each of his residences 1 What are some genres of Pride and Prejudice? • Satire • Strong element of realism (a blend of social classes) Generic Hybridity of P&P  • Hybrid of romance and comedy, satire and sentiment, fairytale and realism • Verisimilitude (truthfulness) of conversation and character • Romantic endings • Not like the romantic poet characters overcome the odds and end in marriage • “Plain” girls are seen as beautiful • Fairytale narrative: opposites attract o Economically, underprivileged girl wins her prince • Unlike Romantic heroes: Austen’s heroes and heroines intricately involved in their society • In terms of realism there is great attention given to realistic dialogue • Many characters are rarely alone What about the tone of the text? • There is an omniscient narrator but moves bet
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