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The Resource Jane Austen's erotic advice, Sarah Raff

Jane Austen's erotic advice, Sarah Raff

Label
Jane Austen's erotic advice
Title
Jane Austen's erotic advice
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Raff
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In November 1814, Jane Austen's niece Fanny Knight wrote Austen a letter secretly requesting advice. Fanny wanted urgently to know whether she should continue encouraging her most ardent suitor, what the future would hold were she to marry him, and whether she, Fanny, was in love with him. Fanny evidently wished to turn over her love life to Austen's creative direction, and Austen's letters of response cooperate with this desire. Today, many readers address to Austen's novels their deepest uncertainties about their love lives. Consulting Austen-themed divination toys for news about the future or applying to their own circumstances the generalizations they have gleaned from Austen's narrator, characters, or plots, they look to Austen not for anonymous instruction but for the custom-tailored guidance-and magical intervention-of an advisor who knows them well. This book argues that Austen, inspired by her niece to embrace the most scandalous possibilities of the novel genre, sought in her three last-published novels to match her readers with real-world lovers. The fictions that Austen wrote or revised after beginning the advisory correspondence address themselves to Fanny Knight. They imagine granting Fanny a happy love life through the thaumaturgic power of literary language even as they retract Austen's epistolary advice and rewrite its results. But they also pass along the role of Fanny Knight to Austen's readers, who get a chance to be shaped by Austen's creative effort, to benefit from Austen's matchmaking prowess, and to develop nothing less than a complex love relation with Austen herself. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Raff, Sarah
Dewey number
823/.7
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4038.I52
LC item number
R34 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex in literature
  • Eroticism in literature
  • Advice in literature
  • Women novelists, English
  • Austen, Jane
  • Austen, Jane
  • Austen, Jane
Label
Jane Austen's erotic advice, Sarah Raff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Preface -- From Quixote to Galatea -- Pride and Prejudice's vanishing narrator -- Emma and the betrayal of Fanny Knight -- Propositioning the reader in Northanger Abbey -- "She felt its application to herself": Persuasion's consolations -- Conclusion: the waning of application
Control code
857717675
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
v, 201 pages
Isbn
9780199760336
Lccn
2013028789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)857717675
Label
Jane Austen's erotic advice, Sarah Raff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Preface -- From Quixote to Galatea -- Pride and Prejudice's vanishing narrator -- Emma and the betrayal of Fanny Knight -- Propositioning the reader in Northanger Abbey -- "She felt its application to herself": Persuasion's consolations -- Conclusion: the waning of application
Control code
857717675
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
v, 201 pages
Isbn
9780199760336
Lccn
2013028789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)857717675

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