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Women and ‘Value’ in Jane Austen’s Novels

Settling, Speculating and Superfluity

Authors: Hall, Lynda A.

  • - Shines a spotlight on the supporting cast of female characters in Jane Austen’s novels
    - Provides rich connections to the emerging industrial culture of the late eighteenth century
    - Reveals the grim reality of a woman’s lot in early nineteenth-century Britain and underscore the dark futures that could have faced heroines like Elizabeth Bennett or Anne Elliot 

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Jane Austen’s minor female characters expose the economic and social realties of British women in the long eighteenth century and reflect the conflict between intrinsic and expressed value within the evolving marketplace, where fluctuations and fictions inherent in the economic and moral value structures are exposed.  Just as the newly-minted paper money was struggling to express its value, so do Austen’s minor female characters struggle to assert their intrinsic value within a marketplace that expresses their worth as bearers of dowries.  Austen’s minor female characters expose the plight of women who settle for transactional marriages, become speculators and predators, or become superfluous women who have left the marriage market and battle for personal significance and existence.  These characters illustrate the ambiguity of value within the marriage market economy, exposing women’s limited choices.  This book employs a socio-historical framework, considering the rise of a competitive consumer economy juxtaposed with affective individualism.

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“Lynda Hall shines a spotlight on the supporting cast of female characters in Jane Austen’s novels: the superfluous who struggle to retain intrinsic value in an economy does not value them, the desperate who marry for solely for security, and the ambitious who speculate on the marriage market, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. These minor characters reveal the grim reality of a woman’s lot in early nineteenth-century Britain and underscore the dark futures that could have faced heroines like Elizabeth Bennett or Anne Elliot.” (Linda Troost, Professor of English, Washington & Jefferson College, USA)

Women and Value in Jane Austen’s Novels offers a much needed exploration of the women on the margins of Austen’s narratives; the superfluous women.  Providing rich connections to the emerging industrial culture of the late eighteenth century, Prof. Hall’s work defines for us the measures necessary for Austen’s women to survive in the marriage market, a rich, fresh analysis of a gallery of often overlooked characters.  This thoughtfully executed study offers something for the Austen scholar as well as readers interested in the social dynamics of a rich and exciting age.” (Myron Yeager, Professor of English, Chapman University, USA)

“Lynda Hall’s brilliant book reorients our focus on Austen’s fiction, turning our eyes not to the heroine but to the so-called minor female characters who serve as her foil, whether in struggles or sympathy. Settling, Speculating, and Superfluous Women will be welcomed not only for its original argument but for its admirable clarity and significant research. It deserves to be widely read.” (Prof Devoney Looser, Professor of English, Arizona State University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook £56.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-50736-1
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Hardcover £72.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-50735-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women and ‘Value’ in Jane Austen’s Novels
Book Subtitle
Settling, Speculating and Superfluity
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50736-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50736-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50735-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 225
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