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Jane Austen and Modernization

Sociological Readings

Authors: Thompson, J.

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Jane Austen wrote when sociology was being established as the new discipline to understand social issues such as urbanization and industrialization. Drawing on landmark sociologists such as Durkheim and Bourdieu, this study argues that the novels of Austen were heavily influenced by these early developments in sociology.

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James Thompson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hilll, USA.

Reviews

“Jane Austen and Modernization might be most accessible to more advanced students of Austen, since a familiarity with the novels and with the canon of Austen criticism is presumed. It would also be well suited to, as well as edifying for, scholars interested in cross-disciplinary studies, since it demonstrates both the potential pitfalls as well as the benefits of such analytical fusion.” (Megan Taylor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 29 (1), 2016)

"In this radically new way of thinking about Austen, James Thompson describes the ground shared by Austen and the foundational sociological thinkers - notably Simmel, Weber, and Goffman - producing invigorating reflections on the resonance between Austen's representations of how people meet, converse, manifest themselves, and think about the other, Simmel's theory of sociation, and how Goffman understands 'social frames' in his The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. The conclusion is a bravura display of how and why Austen's work still speaks to the various modernizations being experienced in the world today." - Robert Clark, The Literary Encyclopedia


"In addition to a new, interdisciplinary perspective on Jane Austen's novels, Thompson's text is a tutorial in the work of six major sociological thinkers from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. The book departs from the pattern of so many Austen studies by treating its texts, not in chronological order, but in pairs, as they best benefit from the context given by particular social theorists. These pairings bring out fresh readings, making the book a true delight. And Thompson certainly convinces us that it 'took sociology a century to catch up with Austen's insight.'" - Deborah Knuth Klenck, Professor of English, Colgate University, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Jane Austen and Modernization

    Thompson, James

    Pages 1-17

  • Authority in Mansfield Park and Persuasion Durkheim, Weber, and Parsons

    Thompson, James

    Pages 19-53

  • Emma, Simmel, and Sociability

    Thompson, James

    Pages 55-91

  • Pride and Prejudice, Goffman, and Strategic Interaction

    Thompson, James

    Pages 93-132

  • Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Frame Analysis

    Thompson, James

    Pages 133-167

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jane Austen and Modernization
Book Subtitle
Sociological Readings
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
James Thompson
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49115-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137491152
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49601-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50500-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 211
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