Austen Background

Austen Background - English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn...

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Unformatted text preview: English 118W Fall 2008 Prof. Hearn Selected Background Material: Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice On the Title From Frances Burneys Cecilia; or, Memoirs of an Heiress (1782): The whole of this unfortunate business, said Dr. Lyster, has been the result of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. . .Yet this, however, remember: if to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE you owe your miseries, so wonderfully is good and evil balanced, that to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE you will also owe their termination. Pemberton is a family name in Cecilia : cf. Pemberley? Original title ( First Impressions ) may come from Ann Radcliffes gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794): St. Aubert exhorts his daughter Emily to resist first impressions, and to acquire that steady dignity of mind, that can alone counterbalance the passions. From Samuel Johnsons Dictionary (1755): pride : inordinate and unreasonable self-esteem; insolence; rude treatment of others; insolent exultation; dignity of manner, loftiness of air; generous elation of heart; ornament;...
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2009 for the course ENGL 118w taught by Professor Tichi during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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