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Jane Austen and Narrative Authority


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 1-16
  3. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 17-30
  4. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 31-44
  5. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 45-58
  6. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 59-75
  7. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 77-97
  8. Tara Ghoshal Wallace
    Pages 99-116
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 117-155

About this book


In Jane Austen and Narrative Authority, Tara Ghoshal Wallace argues that far from embodying ideological and technical serenity, Austen's novels articulate a range of anxieties about authorship and authority. The novels experiment in different ways with possible sources and the ultimate failures of authority, always returning to the compromised figure of the narrator. Wallace suggests that Austen's novelistic output can be read as a theory of interpretation, thematizing problems of narrative authority and readers' resistance.


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  1. 1.Department of EnglishGeorge Washington UniversityUSA

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Tara Ghoshal Wallace

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