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In an age when genteel women wrote little more than personal letters, how did Jane Austen manage to become a novelist? Was she an isolated genius who rose to fame through sheer talent? Did she draw strength from the support of her family or from women writers who went before her? In Jane Austen among Women, Deborah Kaplan argues that these explanations are either misleading or insufficient. Austen, Kaplan contends, participated actively in a women's culture that promoted female authority and achievement—a culture that not only helped her become a novelist but also influenced her fiction.

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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part One: Divided Loyalties
  2. p. 15
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  1. 1. Genteel Domesticity
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  1. 2. Compliant Women
  2. pp. 43-61
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  1. 3. The Women’s Culture
  2. pp. 62-85
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  1. Part Two: Portraits of the Woman Writer
  2. p. 87
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  1. 4. Circles of Support
  2. pp. 89-108
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  1. 5. Assuming Spinsterhood
  2. pp. 109-130
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  1. Part Three: Representing Two Cultures
  2. p. 131
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  1. 6. The Juvenilia: Convenient Ambiguities
  2. pp. 133-154
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  1. 7. The “Middle” Fictions: Visible Conflicts
  2. pp. 155-181
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  1. 8. Pride and Prejudice: Cultural Duality and Feminist Literary Criticism
  2. pp. 182-205
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-237
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421433479
Related ISBN
9781421433462
MARC Record
OCLC
1122457061
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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