Jane Austen and the Fiction of Her Time

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INTRODUCTION
1
A personal version of two lines from Scott's Marmion, vi. 38, when he omits to describe a love-scene: 'I do not rhyme to that dull elf / Who cannot image for himself.
2
R. W. Chapman (ed. ), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford University Press, 2nd edn 1952, reprinted 1964), May or June 1814, pp. 387–8.
3
Letters, 11 October 1813, p. 344; Mary Brunton, Self-control (London, 1810; reprinted London: Pandora Press, 1986).
4
Letters, 8 October 1807, p. 180; Sarah Burney, Clarentine (London, 1798).
5
For a comprehensive but succinct examination of serious academic discussions (mainly in Scotland) of the status of the novel (as distinct from periodical criticism) see Paul G. Bator, 'Rhetoric and the Novel in the Eighteenth-Century British University Curriculum', EighteenthCentury Studies 30, number 2 (Winter 1996–7), 173–91. For more extended work on the subject, especially on the concept of probability, see Douglas Lane Patey, Probability and Literary Form (Cambridge University Press, 1984) and Robert Newsom, A Likely Story: Probability and Play in Fiction (New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 1988).
6
See Claudia L. Johnson, Jane Austen: Women, Politics and the Novel (University of Chicago Press, 1988), chapter 1, esp. p. 27.
7
Mary Hays, The Memoirs of Emma Courtney, ed. Eleanor Ty (Oxford University Press, 1996); Maria Edgeworth, Letters for Literary Ladies, ed. Claire Conolly (London: J. M. Dent, Everyman, 1993); Jane West, A Tale of the Times (London, 1799).
8
Jane West, Letters addressed to a Young Man (London, 1801) and Letters to a Young Lady (London, 1806).
9
Letters, 30 August 1805, p. 169.
10
British Critic 39 (May 1812), 527, reprinted in B. C. Southam, The Critical Heritage (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1968, revised and reprinted 1986), p. 40.
11
Sir Walter Scott, Quarterly Review 14 (March 1816), 188–201.
12
Letter to Sir William Elford 20 December 1814 in A. G. L'Estrange

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