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The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe : The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe - Anthony Mandal

The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe

The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe

By: Anthony Mandal (Editor), Brian Southam (Editor)


Published: 13th August 2007
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This volume of international research provides a wide-ranging account of Jane Austen's reception across the length and breadth of Europe, from Russia and Finland in the North to Italy and Spain in the South. In historical terms, the survey ranges from the near-contemporary - since Austen's novels were available in French very soon after their original publication - to modern times, in those countries which for various reasons, linguistic, historical or ideological, have taken up the novels only in recent years. For many, Austen's novels are valued for their romantic content, as love stories, but increasingly they are being perceived as sophisticated, ironic narratives. In this, the quality of translation has been a significant factor and the many film and television adaptations have played an important part in establishing Austen's reputation amongst the public across two centuries. It will be seen from this that across Europe Austen's 'reception history' is far from uniform and has been shaped by a complex of extra-literary forces.

"As an empirical piece of research, this edition is faultless; however, its chief value lies in the stories it tells of British-European relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and of the new ground it opens up in terms of widening Austne scholarship.The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe proves again how complex this apparently straightforward writer is; it is not so much the case that Austen can or cannot 'travel'; simply that she has rarely made the journey untarnished. But the journeys have been many, and whether Austen was translated in her lifetime (France), or not until the 1960s (Russia), there is a story to be told." Transnational Literature, May 2009 "In the age of 'global' Jane Austen...the study of her reception around the world and through the ages is becoming of increasing interest to her readers. For this reason this collection of essays...is extremely timely...Each contribution stands on its own, enabling readers to delve into the history of Austen's increasing popularity in a particular country, while the exhaustive timeline, which charts the pan-European reception of Austen from 1775 to the present day (a stroke of genius), and the introduction by Professor Mandal provide the all-important overview of the vast subject matter of the book. As we approach the two hundredth anniversary of the foreign reception of Austen's peerless novels, we are fortunate to be able to welcome this fine new contribution to the important tradition of scholarship that explores and assesses the amazing phenomenon of Austen's enduring legacy and universal fame." -Elisabeth Lenckos, JASNA News: The Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Winter 2008--Sanford Lakoff 'The detailed scholarship in The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe" makes this an impressive reference volume, with plenty of translation interest.' --Sanford Lakoff "This substantial volume, in the editors' words, builds on 'earlier commentaries by providing, for the first time, a comprehensive account of Austen's reception across seventeen nations' (2007, 2)." -James Rovira, College Literature, Vol. 36, April 2009

Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of Contributorsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xix
Timeline: European Reception of Jane Austenp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
The Reception of Jane Austen's Novels in France and Switzerland: The Early Years, 1813-1828p. 12
The Reception of Jane Austen in France: The Later Nineteenth Century, 1830-1900p. 34
The Reception of Jane Austen in France in the Modern Period, 1901-2004: Recognition at Last?p. 54
Going Dutch: The Reception of Jane Austen in the Low Countriesp. 74
The Reception of Jane Austen in Germanyp. 93
'Unconditional Surrender'? Jane Austen's Reception in Denmarkp. 117
Jane Austen and Norway: Sharing the Long Road to Recognitionp. 132
Jane Austen's Reception in Sweden: Irony as Criticism and Literary Valuep. 152
The Reception of Jane Austen in Finlandp. 169
Still the Great Forgotten? The Reception of Jane Austen in Spainp. 188
The Reception of Jane Austen in Italyp. 205
The Reception of Jane Austen in Greecep. 224
Jane Austen: Our Contemporary in Hungaryp. 239
A Hidden but Prestigious Voice: Jane Austen's Fiction in Sloveniap. 257
Between Bath and Bosnia: Jane Austen and Croatian Culturep. 274
Jane Austen in Serbia, 1929-2000p. 290
Jane Austen: Persuading Romanian Readerships and Audiencesp. 304
The Reception of Jane Austen in Polandp. 319
Jane Austen in Russia: Hidden Presence and Belated Bloomp. 334
Bibliographyp. 350
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9780826469328
ISBN-10: 0826469329
Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 13th August 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.99
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 1