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Jane Austen and the War of Ideas
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Jane Austen and the War of Ideas

Marilyn Butler


Interest in Jane Austen has never been greater, but it is revitalised by the advent of feminist literary history. In a substantial new introduction the author places this book, which was first published in 1975, within the larger tradition of post-war criticism, from the generation of Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and F. R. Leavis to that of the now-dominant feminist critics. The book argues that Austen herself lived in contentious times. Like Wordsworth and Coleridge, she served her literary apprenticeship in the 1790s, the decade of the Terror and the Napoleonic Wars, an era in England of ... More

Keywords: Jane Austen, feminist literary history, post-war criticism, feminist critics, Wordsworth, Coleridge, political partisanship, the Terror, Napoleonic Wars, polemic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198129684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Butler, author
University of Cambridge