"A Little Spirit of Independence": Sexual Politics and the Bildungsroman in Mansfield Park

McDonnell, Jane
March 1984
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Spring1984, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p197
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Examines the distinctive features of the novel "Mansfield Park," by Jane Austen which associates it with female Bildungsromane. Conflict between conventional fictional femininity as seen in the eighteenth-century erotic text and the subjective self in the ambitious text or Bildungsroman; Development of the lead character, Fanny Price, in the novel; Criticisms of the novel.


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