In this dynamic new work, combining intellectual history and literary stylistics, Bharat Tandon confronts traditional "ethical" readings of Austen s novels that examine product over process. Reading Austen against the eighteenth-century culture of polite conversation, Tandon proposes that contemporary literature revealed cracks and faultlines in this regimented ideal of socially-binding politeness, and that Austen s style is an active reflection upon these historical circumstances.In examining how concepts such as flirtation - the "twists" and "spins" that Elizabeth and Darcy, for example, put on the shared currency of language and decorum - Tandon explores how Austen s style not only reflects, but performs her ideas: rather than finding Austen s focus on social surfaces to be a stylistic weakness, this book finds that "Austen s surface is intimate with her depths."
'Tandon has written a magisterial work.' -'Choice Magazine' 'A book brimming with insights and many acute perceptions... Bharat Tandon outlines a refreshing redirection for Austen studies.' -'Times Literary Supplement'
Series: Anthem Nineteenth Century Studies
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 305
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: Anthem Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.45