Critical Insights: Pride and Prejudice

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Laurence W. Mazzeno, Alvernia College
September 2011 · 1 volume · 360 pages · 6"x9"

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This Critical Insights volume on Pride and Prejudice is designed to provide students and non-specialists in Austen studies an introduction to one of the most widely read novels of the past two centuries.

The essays in this Critical Insights volume are intended to help the novice or the non-specialist in Austen studies get some sense of the complexities that have made Pride and Prejudice an enduring classic, and suggest avenues for further study. Included are six original essays written specifically to provide background about Austen and a sampling of critical perspectives. In "About Pride and Prejudice" the editor explains how and why Austen's novel has generated so many different and often contradictory readings.

Joanne Wilkes's "Pride and Prejudice: The Critical Reception" traces in more detail the critical history of the novel, demonstrating how prevailing critical practices (and predilections) have influenced perceptions about the novel's merits.

Joan Klingel Ray's brief but insightful "Biography of Jane Austen" highlights Austen's lifelong commitment to the craft of writing.

In "The Domesticated Conflict and Impending Social Change of Pride and Prejudice" Michael Kramp places the novel in its historical milieu, demonstrating how keenly aware Austen was of the disruptive social forces swirling around her when she composed what appears on the surface to be an idyllic fairy tale romance.

In "The Feminist Critique and Five Styles of Women's Roles in Pride and Prejudice" Laura Dabundo provides a reading of the novel that stresses the importance Austen places on female education as a means of redefining the role of women in society.

Supplementing these original contributions are twelve essays reprinted from scholarly books and journals; these have been selected as samples of various approaches one might take in investigating Austen's themes or explaining her artistry. Collectively they reflect both traditional critical approaches and ones more closely aligned with the new theoretical methods of inquiry that have emerged in academic circles during the second half of the twentieth century.

Each essay is 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index