Broadview Online: Jane Austen in Context
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Broadview Online: Jane Austen in Context

  • 9781554814398 / 1554814391

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Jane Austen in Context is a flexible and user-friendly online research tool that provides classrooms with a wide range of materials for the study of Austen’s novels, including critical articles, visual materials, and interactive timelines and maps.

A selection of over thirty critical articles and chapters balances classic interpretations with more contemporary approaches, including feminist, queer, new historicist, and postcolonial perspectives. Some pieces, such as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s reading of Sense and Sensibility and Edward Said’s reading of Mansfield Park, focus on one novel but offer widely applicable insights; others, such as those by Marilyn Butler and Franco Moretti, discuss Austen’s full body of work. Interactive maps of England, Bath, London, and more situate Austen’s novels geographically, and interactive timelines place Austen’s life and work in literary, historical, and political contexts. Also included are extensive selections of contextual materials with a strong visual emphasis, illuminating subjects such as “Sensibility,” “Slavery,” “Landscape and the Picturesque,” “Social Life,” “Fashion,” and “The Navy” (among others). New to this resource is a robust search tool, which allows students to filter the material to suit their research needs—both by searching for particular novels and by searching for specific topics (such as “masculinity,” “anti-Jacobinism,” “class,” and so on). Access to this online resource can be purchased on our website or sold by campus bookstores.

The resource is designed to work well in concert with Broadview Editions of Austen, but it can be used in conjunction with any editions of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and/or Persuasion. If professors have chosen to assign Broadview Editions of Austen and wish to also have access to this website, package pricing can be arranged through their Broadview representative. If you are a course instructor and wish to review this online resource or order it for course use, please contact


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Critical Readings

  • On Austen
    • Virginia Woolf, “Jane Austen” [from The Common Reader]
    • D.W. Harding, “‘Regulated Hatred’: An Aspect in the Work of Jane Austen”
    • Marilyn Butler, from “Sentimentalism: The Radical Inheritance” [from Jane Austen and the War of Ideas]
    • Raymond Williams, from “Three Around Farnham” [from The Country and the City]
    • Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, from “Jane Austen’s Cover Story (and Its Secret Agents)” [from The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination]
    • David Lodge, “Jane Austen’s Novels: Form and Structure”
    • Franco Moretti, from Atlas of the European Novel 1800–1900
    • Brian Southam, “The Novelist and the Navy” [from Jane Austen and the Navy]
    • E.J. Clery, from “Austen and Masculinity”
    • Edward Copeland, “Money” [from The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen]
  • Sense and Sensibility
    • Mary Poovey, from “Ideological Contradictions and the Consolations of Form” [from The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer]
    • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl”
    • Gene W. Ruoff, “Wills” [from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility]
    • Patricia Meyer Spacks, from “Privacy, Dissimulation, and Propriety: Frances Burney and Jane Austen”
    • Shawn Lisa Maurer, “At Seventeen: Adolescence in Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
    • E.M. Halliday, “Narrative Perspective in Pride and Prejudice
    • Claudia Johnson, from “Pride and Prejudice and the Pursuit of Happiness” [from Jane Austen: Women, Politics and the Novel]
    • Alex Woloch, from “Narrative Asymmetry in Pride and Prejudice” [from The One vs. the Many]
    • Amy Baker, “Caught in the Act of Greatness: Jane Austen’s Characterization of Elizabeth and Darcy by Sentence Structure in Pride and Prejudice
    • Sheryl Craig, from “Pride and Prejudice: The Speenhamland System” [from Jane Austen and the State of the Nation]
  • Mansfield Park
    • Lionel Trilling, “In Mansfield Park”
    • Alastair Duckworth, “Mansfield Park and Estate Improvements: Jane Austen’s Grounds of Being”
    • Edward Said, from “Jane Austen and Empire” [from Culture and Imperialism]
    • Susan Fraiman, “Jane Austen and Edward Said: Gender, Culture, and Imperialism”
    • Brian Southam, “The Silence of the Bertrams”
    • Daniel O’Quinn, “Jane Austen and Performance: Theater, Memory, and Enculturation”
  • Emma
    • Lionel Trilling, “Emma
    • Wayne C. Booth, “Point of View and the Control of Distance in Emma
    • Patricia Meyer Spacks, “The Talent of Ready Utterance” [from Gossip]
    • John Wiltshire, “Health, Comfort, and Creativity: A Reading of Emma
    • Catherine Ingrassia, “Emma, Slavery, and Cultures of Captivity”
  • Northanger Abbey
    • Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, from “Shut Up in Prose: Austen’s Juvenilia” [from The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination]
    • Devoney Looser, from “Reading Jane Austen and Rewriting ‘Herstory’” [from British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820]
    • Susan Zlotnick, “From Involuntary Object to Voluntary Spy: Female Agency, Novels, and the Marketplace in Northanger Abbey
    • Susan Wolfson, from Introduction to Northanger Abbey: An Annotated Edition
    • Lauren Miskin, “‘True Indian Muslin’ and the Politics of Consumption in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
    • Toby R. Benis, “The Neighborhoods of Northanger Abbey
  • Persuasion
    • Adela Pinch, “Lost in a Book: Jane Austen’s Persuasion
    • Brian Southam, from “Persuasion: The Righting and Re-Writing of History” [from ‪Jane Austen and the Navy]
    • Melissa Sodeman, from “Domestic Mobility in Persuasion and Sandition”
    • Jocelyn Harris, from “The Reviser at Work: MS Chapter 10 to Chapters X-XI (1818)” [from A Revolution Beyond Expression: Jane Austen’s Persuasion]
    • Katie Gemmill, “Jane Austen as Editor: Letters on Fiction and the Canceled Chapters of Persuasion
    • Taylor Walle, from “‘He looked quite red’: Persuasion and Austen’s New Man of Feeling”

Contextual Materials

  • Social Life
  • Wills and Primogeniture
  • Fashion
  • Sensibility
  • Landscape and the Picturesque
  • The Gothic
  • Selected Literary Influences
  • Slavery
  • The French Revolution
  • The Navy

Interactive Maps

  • The World
    • England
      • London and the Surrounding Area
        • London
      • Elizabeth Bennet’s Tour of Derbyshire
      • Bath, Bristol, and the Surrounding Area
        • Bath
      • The Search for Wickham and Lydia Bennet

Interactive Timelines

  • Jane Austen’s Life
  • Jane Austen’s Writing and Publications
  • Jane Austen: Historical and Political Events
  • Jane Austen: In Literary Context
  • — New and classic critical readings of Austen—including interpretations of her whole body of work and of each of her six completed novels
  • — A searchable collection of images and other pertinent materials providing political and cultural context for the novels
  • — Robust search function adds great flexibility to the site, allowing students to find the materials most pertinent to their research and interests
  • — Interactive maps of the novels’ settings and important locations in Austen’s life, with quotations and visual materials incorporated
  • — Interactive illustrated timelines depicting relevant biographical, political, and cultural events
  • — Features a collection of searchable pertinent visual materials
  • — Can be used with any text of Austen’s six major novels
  • — May be packaged with Broadview’s editions of the novels