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Jane Austen and Marriage

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." -Pride and Prejudice

The question of marriage lies at the center of Jane Austen's novels. The issues bound up in the pursuit of love, happiness, money, and status were those of her day and informed the plots and morals of her work. In this fascinating book
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 8th 2009 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published May 8th 2009)
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Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Great study of the do's and don'ts in the 19th Century. And of course the way Jane Austen shows us the characters who break the written and unwritten rules. ...more
Margaret Kearney
April 2018-This was an interesting read if you like the history of everyday life. It was full of fun little bits of gossip and information as well as a view of Jane Austen and her family.
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a study of marriage when Jane Austen was writing her novels. Although I didn't find the discussion of wedding cloths very interesting, I found the rest of the book very enlightening. I was already aware that the status of women in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was not good. We have come a very long way since the days when women were chattel whose main function was to bear and raise children, keep house and provide a sexual outlet for their husbands. In other words, they had the ...more
This book is a necessary read for anyone interested in Jane Austen, cultural history, fiction, and biographies of her time. Jones makes copious references to the various couples, before and after marriage, mentioned in Austen's novels, whether major, secondary, or minor characters. Jones has read the secondary literature widely and offers insights into marital and social customs and situations of the period. As you can see from the book's table of contents, Jones proceeds according to the "life ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Very flat study of the theme of marriage in Jane Austen's works and life. For who knows her novels well, it is very boring, because it is purely descriptive. For example I would have expected at least a quote on Edward Said writings on the sujet of what is home, what is abroad, what is domesticity, and how those writings are affected by being written in a patriarcal and imperialist society. ...more
Hannah • So Obsessed With
Love learning more about Jane Austen & life during that time, but this book took me so long and I ended up skimming a lot of it. I wasn't very engaged in the book, which is why I'd say it's only "okay." But it would great for anyone doing research on the topic! ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fascinating study of marriage and the relations between the sexes during Jane Austen's time, both in her novels and the real world. I read this for research purposes, but I found myself enjoying it far more than I had anticipated. ...more
A great study on the marriage situation for women in Georgian England - centred around Jane Austen (both in her personal life and her writing).
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Reading this book dispels any doe-eyed notion of Austen's fiction. ...more
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