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Jane Austen for Dummies (06 Edition)by Ray
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Jane Austen (1775— 1817) is among the most beloved authors in the English language. Her six novels have been made and remade into films (a new version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly, was just released). Her work inspired the surprise 2004 bestseller, The Jane Austen Book Club. And in college catalogs, her name ranks behind only Shakespeare s and Chaucer s. Now, Jane Austen newcomers and longtime fans alike can get the scoop on her life, works, and lasting impact on our culture. This friendly guide chronicles the events of her brief life, examines each of her novels, and looks at why her stories of women and marriage, class and money, scandal and hypocrisy, heartfelt emotion and biting satire still resonate today.
Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray, PhD (Colorado Springs, CO), is President of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is a professor of English and a President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Book News Annotation:
This introduction to Jane Austen sets readers in context with a discussion of her times, a biography, and a timeline. Chapters go on to discuss themes in Austen's novels including the serious business of marriage, courtship and dancing practices, flirtatious women and seductive men, the limited rights and roles of lady's in Austen's day and novels, and manners. Brief discussions of each novel and their stage and screen adaptations are included. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Joan Klingel Ray, PhD, is an English professor at the University of Colorado. She has written articles for numerous magazines and appeared on the A&E biography of Jane Austen.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) is among the most beloved authors in the English language. Her six novels have been made and remade into films (a new version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly, was just released). Her work inspired the surprise 2004 bestseller, The Jane Austen Book Club. And in college catalogs, her name ranks behind only Shakespeare's and Chaucer's. Now, Jane Austen newcomers and longtime fans alike can get the scoop on her life, works, and lasting impact on our culture. This friendly guide chronicles the events of her brief life, examines each of her novels, and looks at why her stories-of women and marriage, class and money, scandal and hypocrisy, heartfelt emotion and biting satire-still resonate today.
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"If you begin this book as dummy, you won’t be one when you finish." (Financial Times, Sat 7th July)
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting to Know Jane Austen, Lady and Novelist.
Chapter 1: Introducing Jane Austen.
Chapter 2: Visiting Jane Austen’s Georgian World.
Chapter 3: Being Jane Austen (1775–1817).
Chapter 4: Inspiring the Aspiring Novelist.
Part II: Austen Observes Ladies and Gentlemen.
Chapter 5: Practicing the Politics of Dancing.
Chapter 6: Playing the Dating Game: Courtship, Austen Style.
Chapter 7: Marrying: A Serious Business for Jane Austen and Her Characters.
Chapter 8: Wily Females and Seductive Males.
Part III: Living Life in Jane’s World.
Chapter 9: Looking at Ladies’ Limited Rights and Roles.
Chapter 10: Being a Man in a Man’s World.
Chapter 11: Experiencing Life at Home in Austen’s Day.
Chapter 12: Minding Your Manners.
Chapter 13: Following Religion and Morality for Jane Austen and Her Times.
Part IV: Enjoying Austen and Her Influence Today.
Chapter 14: Reading Jane Austen.
Chapter 15: Bringing Austen Novels to Stage, Screen, and Television.
Chapter 16: Determining Austen’s Literary Descendents.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Most Memorable Austen Characters.
Chapter 18: Ten Best Austen-Related Books (Besides This One!).
Chapter 19: Ten Best Austen Places to Visit.
Chapter 20: Ten Best Austenisms (and What They Mean).
Appendix: Jane Austen Chronology.
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