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Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation

Bharat Tandon

Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation

An ingeniously innovative analysis of Jane Austen's work, a highly respected and engaging critical study.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781843311010
March 2003 | 305 Pages | 234 x 155mm / 9.2 x 6.1 | 6+ halftone illustrations
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About This Book

'Tandon has written a magisterial work.' —'Choice Magazine'

'A book brimming with insights and many acute perceptions... Bharat Tandon outlines a refreshing redirection for Austen studies.' —'Times Literary Supplement'

This important study investigates how Austen worked with, and played upon, the cracks and faultlines which time had uncovered in the ideals of polite conversation. In a wide-ranging argument combining intellectual history and literary stylistics, Bharat Tandon explores such activities as flirtation and ventriloquism, in order to show how a form of conversational morality is what Austen's novels both describe and set out to achieve. At the same time, he surveys readers' reactions to Austen, from the nineteenth century to the present day, in order to investigate the possibilities and limitations of 'ethical' criticism. Written in a lively and accessible style, 'Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation' offers a re-evaluation of Austen's career that will be of interest to scholars and general readers alike.

Readership: A must read for all students and academics engaged with nineteenth-century literature and criticism.

Author Information

Bharat Tandon teaches at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, and is the former External Director of Studies in English at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

List of Plates and Figures; Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. The Morality of Conversation; Interlude. Differential Narrative: Austen's Early Fiction; 2. Flirting; 3. Throwing the Voice; 4. Habit and Habitation; Notes; Bibliography; Index