THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Jane Austen Literary Criticism

Pride and Prejudice

An article by H.L. Jackson of the University of Toronto. It focuses on Mr Bennet, enquiring as to the nature of his library before adopting a highly specific discussion about libraries in the early 19th century.
An academic article by George R. Clay challenging the views E.M. Forster expresses in his Aspects of the Novel regarding the role of "flat characterization". Clay looks at the roles of several 'flat characters' in this novel, as well as Dickens's David Copperfield and Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Emma

An academic article by Susan J. Wolfson of Princeton University. It looks specifically at the Boxhill episode in this novel.
Close analysis by Adam Potkay of the Boxhill episode.
Close analysis by William Walling of the Boxhill episode.

Sense and Sensibility

An essay by Susannah Carson of the L'Université de Versailles investigating the paradox of silence in relation to the female characters and their perspectives in this novel, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.
An essay by Jen Camden of the University of Indianapolis looking at the roles of primary and secondary heroines in this novel, James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers, and Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance. Camden focuses in particular on how these women represent competing ideals of national identity and femininity.

Northanger Abbey

An essay looking at the nature of the narrator, by Henry N. Rogers III, professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas.
An essay by Nicola Cummins of the University of Otago, looking at the role of the "sympathetic imagination" in the novel. It asserts that how the heroine regulates this quality is at the heart of Northanger Abbey and all Austen's work.
A scholarly article by Anthony Mandal of Cardiff University called 'Revising the Radcliffean Model'. It explores how the work of Ann Radcliffe impacted on Northanger Abbey and Clermont - a Gothic novel by Regina Maria Roche.

Persuasion

An essay by Kelly Marsh, an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University, exploring various aspects of narrative theory, and this novel's submerged plot of the protagonist's mother and it's influence over the surface plot of marriage.
An essay by Meaghan Malone examining how Austen employs the female gaze in her novel to create a distinctive masculinity with her male characters.
An essay by Michael Kramp exploring Austen's portrayal of social malleability through an analysis of this novel's principal characters, Anne and Wentworth.
An essay by Susannah Carson of the L'Université de Versailles investigating the paradox of silence in relation to the female characters and their perspectives in this novel, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.
A paper by Claire Eileen Tarlson of Seattle University arguing that Austen's final novel Persuasion is a powerful revisioning of Pride and Prejudice.
An essay by Ian Mackean in which he looks at Austen's use of authorial voice and point of view in this novel.
A substantial page from the Victorian Web, written by Felix Moses, an Associate Professor at Madras Christian College, discussing the structuralist idea of a Semic code, and how this relates to Austen's novel.

Mansfield Park

A paper by Matthew Taylor of Kinjo Gakuin University exploring Austen's conception of landscapes in this novel, especially the thematic role of the forest and its relationship to the narrative's characters.
A chapter from Caught in the Act by Joseph Litvak, a book exploring the theatricality in the nineteenth-century English novel. This chapter looks at Austen's novel.
An essay by Rashmi Verma exploring the themes of subjugation and oppression in Mansfield Park, focusing particularly on the character of Sir Thomas Bertram and his role in the slave trade.
An essay by Matthew Taylor of Kinjo Gakuin University discussing the theme of scandal in Mansfield Park through critical reactions to Maria Rushworth's affair.
An academic article by Leona Toker exploring various aspects of the novel.
An essay by Susannah Carson of the L'Université de Versailles investigating the paradox of silence in relation to the female characters and their perspectives in this novel, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility.
An article from the Victorian Web on Austen's negotiations with slavery in the novel.

Lady Susan

An essay by Susan Anthony exploring this story from Austen's juvenalia.