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1. Robert Kilely, in his Introduction, says that although Northanger Abbey satirizes gothic novels, what?s more significant about it is the manner in which Jane Austen bases her narrative on conversation. How is conversation used in the novel as a narrative device? How does conversation both aid and hinder the characters?

2. Jane Austen deftly shifts voices so as to allow us to see the world through Catherine?s eyes and her own eyes (often through Henry Tilney). What effects does this have on the reader?

3. What gothic elements are incorporated into the novel? What are the anti-gothic elements and figures of the novel? How does Austen juxtapose Bath and the Abbey?

4. It can be argued that Henry Tilney is a foil to John Thorpe. What other characters serve as foils to each other? Does Catherine have a foil?

5. Consider the use of sarcasm in the novel. How does Henry Tilney?s sarcasm force Catherine to think things through more thoroughly and expand her values and notions?

6. The novel depicts a disparity of class and wealth, most notably between the Thorpes and the Tilneys. What importance does social convention hold? Is there a certain relevance between class and behavior appertaining to the Thorpes and Tilneys? Is it ever justifiable to break with social convention and propriety?

7. One of the major elements in Northanger Abbey is reading, particularly reading novels. What are some of the differences between novels and reality that Austen is discerning? Is she convinced that novels are worthless? What is surprising about the way novels were perceived in the early nineteenth century?

8. ?No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her to be a heroine,? Jane Austen writes in her opening paragraph. Do you agree that Catherine is a heroine? How does she develop through the novel and what does she learn about her self and the world around her?

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ISBN:
9780375759178
Introduction:
Kiely, Robert
Author:
Kiely, Robert
Introduction by:
Kiely, Robert
Introduction:
Kiely, Robert
Author:
Jane Austen Introduction by Robert Kiely
Author:
Austen, Jane
Author:
Kiely, Robert
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Satire
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Romantic suspense fiction.
Subject:
Gothic fiction
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Horror tales
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Love stories
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Literature-A to Z
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fiction;classic;classics;romance;19th century;jane austen;literature;england;novel;gothic;british;austen;satire;regency;english literature;british literature;english;parody;women;humor;historical;18th century;historical fiction;classic literature;love;bri
Subject:
fiction;classic;classics;romance;19th century;jane austen;literature;england;novel;gothic;british;austen;satire;regency;english literature;british literature;english;parody;women;humor;historical;18th century;historical fiction;love;classic literature;bri
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Modern Library classics
Series Volume:
368/March 2001
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00x5.30x.56 in. .43 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Now this is one Austen novel that is too often forgotten. Our heroine, Catherine Morland, might be naïve, but she is no dummy. Catherine is more complex than scholars give her credit for. I admit, she can create ridiculous fantasies that get her into trouble, but her inner core of right and wrong, her own moral compass, never leads her astray. She can be remarkably determined and forthright. And it's refreshing to meet an Austen heroine who is so shamelessly straightforward in her interest for the man of her choice! This is Austen at her most hysterically funny. Northanger Abbey is an easy link between Shakespeare's comedies and Monty Python skits.

"Review" by , "Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature."
"Review" by , "Read Northanger Abbey: worth Dickens and Pliny together. Yet it was the work of a girl. She was certainly not more than twenty-six. Wonderful creature!"
"Review" by , "She is a prose Shakespeare."
"Synopsis" by , Catherine Morland's sentimental illusions crumble as she enters into adulthood.
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