Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal

Articles from Vol. 27, Annual

"A Great Passion for Taking Likenesses": The Woman Painter in Emma
EACH OF JANE AUSTEN'S NOVELS presents us with one or more formal, framed portraits. In Northanger Abbey, for example, the portrait of Henry and Eleanor's dead mother provides Catherine with fodder for her Gothic fantasy of Colonel Tilney, who (at least...
Anne Elliot Bound Up in Northanger Abbey: The History of the Joint Publication of Jane Austen's First and Last Complete Novels
"But now really, do not you think Udolpho the nicest book in the world?" "The nicest;--by which I suppose you mean the neatest. That must depend on the binding." Northanger Abbey EVER SINCE THEIR INITIAL PUBLICATION in each other's company...
Austen and the Admiral: Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805
Southey's Life of Nelson;--I am tired of Lives of Nelson, being that I never read any. I will read this however, if Frank is mentioned in it. 12 October 1813 letter to Cassandra Austen JANE AUSTEN MUST HAVE READ, or at least skimmed, The Life...
Calamity Jane? Austen and Owen Wister's the Virginian
BEFORE KIPLING BROUGHT JANE AUSTEN into the trenches of World War I, Owen Wister took her to the American West in his novel The Virginian (1902). Wister's novel was astonishingly popular, topping the bestseller lists in 1902 and 1903. (1) As an archetypal...
Editor's Note
JANE AUSTEN: the "Romance Queen"? Jane Austen's novels for the hoi polloi? Pride and Prejudice in the supermarket, airport, and tube station? Headline Publishing's scheme to repackage Austen's novels for the marketplace is hardly shocking. This endeavor...
Fanny Price and the (Dis)comforts of Home
IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, interest in spiritual and physical comfort heightened as British people sought to reposition their houses, bodies, and even souls on a more comfortable plane. Jane Austen participates in changing perceptions of comfort, and,...
Following the Trail of Jane Austen's Letters
THE 1998 FILM Le Violin Rouge follows the trail of an acoustically perfect violin through three hundred years of existence from its creation in Italy to its present disposition in an auction house in Montreal. This rare and highly valued violin makes...
Fragment and Focus: Jane Austen and the Art of the Blazon
PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS LINES in Jane Austen's canon is the compliment paid to Elizabeth Bennet when Fitzwilliam Darcy responds to the prying questions of Miss Bingley: "'I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine...
Fun and Speculation: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice as Revisions
CLAIRE TOMALIN BRISKLY DESCRIBES my task: "talking about [Austen's] revisions" of the first versions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, "Elinor and Marianne" and "First Impressions," is "almost entirely guesswork. You can have fun speculating...
Incarnating Jane Austen: The Role of Sound in the Recent Film Adaptations
ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS of the recent spate of Austen adaptations in the 1990s seems to be their emphasis on the body, through the attention to sensuous period details or to the desire relationships between the characters. This aspect becomes...
James Stanier Clarke's Portrait of Jane Austen
WHILE RESEARCHING my 2005 AGM Plenary Session talk at the British Library, I stumbled upon Richard James Wheeler's book about James Stanier Clarke's portrait of Jane Austen. Waiting for my book delivery, I typed "Jane Austen" into the library's computer...
Jane Austen and "A Society of Sickness"
OVER HALF A CENTURY after Jane Austen's death in 1817, James Edward Austen-Leigh, her nephew and the author of her first biography, wrote: "She was always very careful not to meddle with matters which she did not thoroughly understand. She never touched...
Jane Austen's Letters: Facts and Fictions
ON FIRST LOOKING INTO CHAPMAN'S EDITION of Jane Austen's Letters over thirty years ago, I felt that I had fallen upon another Austen novel--one, it is true, that contained far too many minor characters with a confusing repetition of names and whose...
Lady Susan: A Re-Evaluation of Jane Austen's Epistolary Novel
LADY SUSAN IS ONE of the few surviving literary manuscripts of Jane Austen. Written about 1794 (with the addition of a conclusion c. 1805-09), its physical value as an artefact is secure; yet after more than two centuries its literary value remains...
Letters and Their Role in Revealing Class and Personal Identity in Pride and Prejudice
The true art of letter writing is not simply a communicative technique. It is also a complex experience of feeling and insights, through which individual perception and human relationships are defined. (167) Lloyd W. Brown Bits of Ivory: Narrative...
Message from the President
AS WE READ THIS ISSUE OF Persuasions, most of us will have seen the latest film rendition of Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley. The new film was a box-office hit and well reviewed for its charming ensemble acting...
Mr. Darcy's Letter-A Figure in the Dance
PERHAPS HE HAD INSOMNIA THAT NIGHT, full of conflict as he must have been from receiving such a round trouncing at Elizabeth's bitter refusal of his offer of marriage. Jane Austen does not show us in Pride and Prejudice how Mr. Darcy spent the night...
Reading and Teaching Our Way out of Jane Austen Novels (Naval Options)
THE NOVELS OF JANE AUSTEN are as important for their historical value as they are for their literary merit. As Christopher Kent states in his essay, "Learning History with, and from, Jane Austen," "The French Revolution ushered in the age of historicism....
Re-Pairing Jane Austen
MY WIFE, NELLE, HAS LONG BEEN A JANEITE, and over the years I have managed to get through the novels, Emma with the most difficulty, more than once. I have also, usually a year behind, negotiated a journal she reads, albeit skimming some of the articles....
Searching for Jane Austen: Restoring the "Fleas" and "Bad Breath"
JUST MONTHS AFTER HIS SISTER DIED, Henry Austen published a brief biographical notice included with the posthumous publication of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. "Short and easy will be the task of the mere biographer," rued Henry Austen, concluding...
"Slyness Seems the Fashion": Dexterous Revelations in Pride and Prejudice
AS AUNT GARDINER SAYS in her letter to Elizabeth after Lydia's marriage, "Slyness seems the fashion" (325). Her own letter is an example of it, as is Elizabeth's joyful, if tardy, reply. Slyness affords the reader the pleasure of humor, whether that...
The Epistolary Passions of Sympathy: Feeling Letters in Persuasion and Burney's the Wanderer
"There are two Traits in her Character which are pleasing; namely, she admires Camilla, & drinks no cream in her Tea." --15 September 1796(1) THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT AUSTEN was a fan of Frances Burney. Modern criticism has explored the significant...
The Jane Austen Diet: The Weight of Women in Austen's Letters
IF JANE AUSTEN WERE THE JUDGE of a beauty pageant today, who would be her winner? What image of the female body would she promote? In the novels, both robust and delicate women are portrayed as attractive. The athletic Elizabeth Bennet and Marianne...
The Probable Location of "Longbourn" in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
IS IT POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY the exact location of the village of "Longbourn," the residence of the Bennet family, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? I think it probably is. No doubt out of consideration for any person who might have been living near...
"The Redemption of the World": The Rhetoric of Jane Austen's Prayers
ONE OF THE LEAST REMARKED but in some ways most significant parts of" all of Jane Austen's much-celebrated novel Pride and Prejudice occurs at the very end of Mr. Darcy's long exculpatory letter to Elizabeth Bennet in the very middle of the novel....
"The Whinnying of Harpies?" : Humor in Jane Austen's Letters
THE LETTERS THAT JANE AUSTEN INCLUDED in the novels are endlessly fascinating, from Darcy's explanation to Elizabeth to the splendid whining letter from Mary Musgrove to her sister Anne at Bath, the one in which she claims that "'my sore-throats, you...
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