Miscellany: An Open Invitation, or How to Read the Ethics of Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Mathews, Peter
June 2007
Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal;2007, Issue 29, p245
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism is presented that analyzes the ethics of the novel "Pride and Prejudice," by Jane Austen. It suggests ways to understand the function of the invitation in the novel. It cites that Austen's strategies also involve a complex rethinking of the relationship between ethics and time, as encapsulated in the act of invitation in the novel. It concludes that Austen invites her readers into her fictional world to expose them to the infinitely problematic ethical questions that her work poses.


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