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Public Domain portrait of Jane Austen

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Posted by Danny Sanders on 9/29/2021

Literary Critique and Analysis of the Works of Jane Austen

The above link will take you to curated literary criticism and analysis for the nineteenth-century English novelist Jane Austen. Academic web sites and peer-reviewed journal articles. Links take you directly to articles.

More links to explore and consider:

Discovering Literature: Romantics & Victorians - British Library

Jane Austen’s characters are continually watching, judging and gossiping about others and, in turn, are watched, judged and gossiped about. Professor Kathryn Sutherland explores the ways in which behaviour and etiquette are closely monitored in the novels, and how characters must learn to be skillful readers of those around them.


Stanford literary scholars reflect on Jane Austen’s legacy | Stanford News

Austen, who died on July 18, 1817, at 41, is known for her six completed novels, among them the highly adapted Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.Originally published anonymously, the ...

Jane Austen: Overview

Is constraint or limitation a condition of living in society? (Some critics find this issue at the heart of Austen's achievement: Martin Price suggests, "The larger irony that informs all of Jane Austen's comic art is a sense of human limitations."

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