English 202 - Pride and Prejudice

English 202 - Pride and Prejudice - Pride and Prejudice...

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Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen I. The Novel in the Romantic era A. Subgenres and authors 1. Domestic novel 1740s-1820s (Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen) 2. Radical novel 1790s (Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, William Godwin) 3. Gothic novel – reached its height in 1790s (Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis) 4. Historical novel – 1800-1820s (Sir Walter Scott) B. Immensely Popular, but some objections C. The Nineteenth Century novel 1. Major themes a. how the individual consciousness relates to larger social structures b. how far character is the product of history or of something else, such as individual personality 2. increasingly concerned with realism II. Jane Austen A. In addition to major themes of the 19 th century novels, Austen is alwaysinterested in a moment of individual revolution of mind that makes something new possible B. Relationship to Romanticism 1. often parodic - mocking, ironic 2. some sympathetic representations of emotional responses to nature and revolutionary individualism C. “pictures of domestic life in country villages” 1. increasingly unstable class boundaries or definitions 2. economic situation of women who are dependent on making a good marriage match
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