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How Austen Changes Up the “Courtship Novel”

Earlier, we examine Austen’s art in the “courtship novel,” specifically in Pride and Prejudice.”Here we see that Jane Austen’s portrayal of courtship differs from that of many courtship novels written throughout the eighteenth century: in Austen’s novels, instead of submitting … Continue reading

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Exogamous and Endogamous Marriages in Austen’s Works

Brittanica.com defines an “endogamous marriage” as the custom enjoining one to marry within one’s own group, while Wikipedia says “endogamy” is the practice of marrying within a specific ethnic group, class, or social group, rejecting others on such a basis … Continue reading

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Day Three – A Salute to “Northanger Abbey” – Who Are Catherine Morland and the Tilneys?

What do we know of Catherine Morland and the Tilneys in Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”? Much of the description of the Abbey and of the Tilneys come to us from Austen’s heroine, Catherine Morland. Catherine comes to Bath with dreams of … Continue reading

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Day Two of a Three Day Salute to Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” – Literary References

Yesterday was a look at history of the writing of Austen’s “first” and “last” novel. Today, we will spend a bit of time with the themes addressed, literary references, etc. Tomorrow, we will have a closer look at the main … Continue reading

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Day One of A Three Day Salute to Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” – The Writing of the Novel

Today, a bit of background of the novel… Many Austen fans are not aware that NORTHANGER ABBEY was the first novel Jane Austen wrote. It was true that Austen started what were later to be titled SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and … Continue reading

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The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used the Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used It as a Plot Device In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card … Continue reading

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Not Celebrating Birthdays with Jane Austen

November birthdays are very important in the Jeffers’ household: They include my mother, my son, and my grandson, and that is not counting extended family and friends. As I was out buying “How to Train Your Dragon” decorations and toys … Continue reading

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