At the end of all of Jane Austen's novels, an innovative social and moral group emerges that closely resembles a fraternity or sibship. Glenda Hudson's book examines Austen's presentation of sibling love and rivalry in the context of the dramatic social and historical changes in the late eighteenth centuries; and it does so in a way that proves to be of interest to both the general and the academic reader. The study also analyzes the incest motif in numerous works of the period and argues how the handling of incestuous themes in Mansfield Park, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility represents a revolutionary stage in the development of the English novel.
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Glenda A. Hudson is Assistant Professor of English at California State University in Bakersfield where she lectures in Victorian literature and the British novel.
'Making historical connections that were ahead of its time, Sibling Love and Incest in Jane Austen's Fiction offers original and fascinating readings in clear, graceful prose worthy of its subject. Moving beyond the facile labelling of Austen as 'conservative', Hudson makes a compelling argument for Austen's literary and social innovations.' - Devoney Looser, Indiana State University; editor of Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (1995) 'Glenda Hudson's chapters on symbolic incest in Austen's novels are stimulating and masterly. She places Austen's works in the contexts of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Romantic poetry and popular fiction in a way that will prove highly valuable to all scholars. This first-rate book will be the standard treatment of sibling relationships in Austen studies for years to come.' - John Halperin, Centennial Professor of English, Vanderbilt University
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312211139