Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine

Authors: Wilson, Cheryl

  • Looks at the how and why of “Victorian Jane,” approaching the relationship between Austen and the Victorians through the lens of the heroine  
  • Provides a focused entry into a wide range of literary texts and contexts and engages Victorian conversations about gender, literature, and national identity 
  • Reveals not only additional dimensions of Austen’s work but also illuminates how the Victorians approached and attempted to reconcile questions about literature, society, culture, and history through their engagement with the figure of the heroine
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This book uses the figure of the Victorian heroine as a lens through which to examine Jane Austen’s presence in Victorian critical and popular writings.  Aimed at Victorianist readers and scholars, the book focuses on the ways in which Austen was constructed in fiction, criticism, and biography over the course of the nineteenth century.  For the Victorians, Austen became a kind of cultural shorthand, representing a distant, yet not too-distant, historical past that the Victorians both drew on and defined themselves against with regard to such topics as gender, literature, and national identity.  Austen influenced the development of the Victorian literary heroine, and when cast as a heroine herself, was deployed in debates about the responsibilities of the novelist and the ability of fiction to shape social and cultural norms.  Thus, the study is as much, if not more, about the Victorians than it is about Jane Austen.  

About the authors

Cheryl A. Wilson is Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of English at Stevenson University, USA.  She is the author of Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Fashioning the Silver Fork Novel, co-editor of Michael Field and Their World, and editor of Byron: Heritage and Legacy.

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“Cheryl A. Wilson has written a book which makes a serious and genuine contribution to our understanding of Victorian literature and culture, as well as to Jane Austen studies. Through its dual focus on Jane Austen’s heroines, and Jane Austen as heroine, the book sheds new light on Victorian understandings of Austen’s works, and on the novels of the Victorian era. Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine deserves to be widely read.” (Katie Halsey, Senior Lecturer at University of Sterling, UK)

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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62965-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62965-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62964-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 214
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