Miscellany: Jane Austen and Civility: A Distant Reading

Mitrić, Ana
June 2007
Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal;2007, Issue 29, p194
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article emphasizes the importance of manners to novelist Jane Austen as reflected in her works. The author considers Austen's fiction by way of a broad historical context and an approach literary scholar Franco Moretti calls distant reading, where distance, he claims, is a specific form of knowledge. She defines manners as the set of principles that are given shape by historically specific phases of communal life. She says that civility is Austen's word of choice. She wants to consider how Austen's complex and variable lexicon functions as a document of cultural change. She also analyzes Austen's first novel "Sense and Sensibility and last published novel "Persuasion."


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