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Romancing Jane Austen: Narrative, Realism and the Possibility of a Happy Ending
We celebrate Jane Austen as the mother of the English realist novel, but have you ever wondered why she insists on giving her mature heroines the "perfect happiness" that can only be realized in the romance? Romancing Jane Austen asks the reader to consider Austen's happy endings as a "prophetic" rather than merely "illusory" answer to the contradiction that feminine subje ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 17th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published December 16th 2005)
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This seems like a really interesting study. I want to read it. But I just can't bear the writing (nor all the references to Freud - I don't mind some, but not every page or so). I don't generally have a problem with academic texts, so I have to assume that this one is either badly written, exceedingly dry, or ... something else.