This LibGuide is designed for Dr. Sayre Greenfield's ENGLIT 1241 class, Jane Austen: Books and Films. This guide has been divided into each of the Austen book titles you will be investigating in this class.
This Norton Critical Edition is the most extensively annotated student edition available."Backgrounds" features material carefully chosen to enhance readers' appreciation of the novel, including biographical commentary, early works and correspondence related to Northanger Abbey. "Criticism" collects thirteen assessments of Northanger Abbey from a wide range of voices and periods.
In her lively introduction to this newest volume in Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series, Susan Wolfson proposes that Austen's most underappreciated, most playful novel is about fiction itself and how it can take possession of everyday understandings. The first of Austen's major works to be completed (it was revised in 1803 and again in 1816-17), Northanger Abbey was published months after Austen's death in July 1817, together with Persuasion.
The History of Gothic Fiction debates the rise of the genre from its origins in the late 18th-century novel through 19th-century fictions of tyrants, monsters, conspirators and vampires to the 20th-century zombie film. Approaching key novels by Walpole (The Castle of Otranto), Austen (Northanger Abbey), Wollstonecraft (The Wrongs of Woman), Shelley (Frankenstein), Stoker (Dracula), and Halperin (White Zombie), the argument proceeds on historicist principles, analyzing the peculiar tone of these fictions.
Jane Austen was fascinated by theatre from her childhood. As an adult she went to the theatre whenever opportunity arose. Scenes in her novels often resemble plays, and recent film and television versions have shown how naturally dramatic her stories are. Yet the myth remains that she was 'anti-theatrical', and readers continue to puzzle about the real significance of the theatricals in Mansfield Park. Penny Gay's book describes for the first time the rich theatrical context of Austen's writing, and the intersections between her novels and contemporary drama. Gay proposes a 'dialogue' in Austen's mature novels with the various genres of eighteenth-century drama - laughing comedy, sentimental comedy and tragedy, Gothic theatre, early melodrama. She re reads the novels in the light of this dialogue to demonstrate Austen's analysis of the pervasive theatricality of the society in which her heroines must perform.