Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
by Sandie Byrne
This Guide traces the response to Mansfield Park from the opinions of Jane Austen's contemporaries, through nineteenth-century reviews and twentieth-century critical analyses, to the diverse readings of the novel available to the twenty-first-century reader. The Guide selects the most useful and insightful of these and puts them in context, making available the range of cr...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Palgrave MacMillan
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AFter the movie, I thought Mansfield Park among Austen's best novels. The theme of repressed sexuality in particular seemed to give her a more complete understanding of human nature than her other works. Now, reading the book itself, I discover it isn't there, someone on the movie project thought they knew better than Jane Austen. Mansfield Park, is in fact much more modest that the Austen's best, shorter, less well drawn characters (the single exception of Fanny Price notwithstanding), and char...more
I re-read Mansfield Park almost every year...trying to gain a better appeciation of it.I just can not like Fanny or the Bertram household at all. To say Fanny is "moral" or "has character" and had a difficult childhood does Anne Eliot a great disservice. Anne is no self-righteous prig, so how can I bear passive-aggressive Fanny? Therefore I read a good deal of criticism and try to understand how Jane Austen, my favorite author and the creator of 5 other novels among the finest in the English lan...more
I haven't actually read Jane Austen for quite a while. Why haven't I? I liked this book quite a bit, not for the romantic angst so popular in Jane Austen movie renditions, but because of her character studies. I did find her Fannie almost too good to be true. But I am terribly afraid that she painted me as a mother in all truth and honesty. Okay, not entirely me, but oh, the parts that are! I'm still trembling from the reflection I saw--and I will reform. I will!