Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places

Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places


In Jane Austen’s works, a reputation is rarely only a identify. actually, the names Austen offers her characters and locations are as wealthy in sophisticated that means as her prose itself. Wiltshire, for instance, the house county of Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, is a clue that this heroine isn't as silly as she turns out: based on legend, crafty Wiltshire citizens stuck hiding contraband in a pond capitalized on a name for lack of knowledge by means of claiming they have been digging up a “big cheese”—the moon’s mirrored image at the water’s floor. It worked.

In Jane Austen’s Names, Margaret Doody deals a desirable and finished learn of the entire names of individuals and places—real and imaginary—in Austen’s fiction. Austen’s artistic number of names finds not just her virtuosic expertise for riddles and puns. Her names additionally decide up deep tales from English background, specially some of the civil wars, and the blood-tinged transformations that performed out within the reign of Henry VIII, a interval to which she frequently returns. contemplating the key novels along unfinished works and juvenilia, Doody indicates how Austen’s names sign classification tensions in addition to nearby, ethnic, and spiritual adjustments. We achieve a brand new realizing of Austen’s means of inventive anachronism, which performs with and opposed to her skillfully deployed realism—in her books, the conflicts of the prior swirl into the tensions of the current, transporting readers past the Regency.

packed with perception and surprises for even the main dedicated Janeite, Jane Austen’s Names will revolutionize how we learn Austen’s fiction.

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