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Pride and Prejudice

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Danelle Nguyen

on 5 September 2014

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Transcript of Pride and Prejudice

Author Biography
Major Themes
The historical context/setting

Jane Austen's biography

Major themes

Subgenre-Novel of Manners

The historical context/setting

Critical approaches
Pride and Prejudice
By Claudia Kisielewicz
Laura Connolly
& Danelle Nguyen
Pride & Prejudice

A literary genre which focuses on the societal conventions (behaviors, language, customs, values) of a particular class in a particular time and place, chronicling the interactions and relationships of its members.

Changes that took place in English society (urbanization, industrialization,technological revolutions) were eroding the boundaries between aristocracy, gentry, and low class.

The novel of manners was perhaps a way of stabilize a shifting social hierarchy and reestablishing class order. 

Novel of Manners

Alison Sulloway. Jane Austen and the Province of Womanhood. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989.

Jan Fergus. Jane Austen and the Didactic Novel, London: Barnes and Noble Books, 1983.

Bernard J. Paris. Character and Conflict in Jane Austen's Novels: A Psychological Approach. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1978.
Critical Readings

Bernard Paris (
The Individual and Society
Alison Sulloway (
Garden and Pastoral Scenes
Jan Fergus (
Wit within Dialogue

Bernard Paris: “She [Austen] attempts to strike a delicate balance between the necessity of prudence, decorum, and social responsibility on the one hand, and the desirability of self-expression, spontaneity, and personal fulfillment on the other.”

The Individual in a Society of
Marriage and Manners

Alison Sulloway:
“The garden symbolized the utmost theoretical extension of a young unmarried woman’s province, where she could be alone outdoors with no loss of safety or propriety…”

Garden and Pastoral Scenes

“Austen was very aware, as well, that gardens symbolized not only those pastoral pleasures that could unite men and women on plantations, but also all the patriarchal arrangements that divided the two sexes.”

Austen’s newer techniques of higher comedy:
“When Austen writes her own higher comedy in Pride and Prejudice, she succeeds in permitting characters to expose beneath the surface restraints of polite, clever talk, their unstated and incongruous (or clashing) motives, judgments and feelings.”

Jan Fergus:
“Austen inherits a comic tradition which assumes that a complete, instructive and morally useful picture of society can be obtained by bringing together characters who exhibit manners, follies and affections carefully chosen to contrast with each other as much as possible…”

Wit within Dialogue

'"Historical Context of Pride and Prejudice" www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpLkdVgB3WU





Love is a theme because it’s sort of unimportant here, especially to Mrs. Bennet. Ideally, all of her daughters would be married as of yesterday, each to an individual earning a healthy income.

Property plays along with marriage, class, and reputation. They are all so closely linked as if one were to marry upwards, or downwards, on the social “class” rank ladder, this effects the amount of property you own. Likewise, this traps you in that class and can had a positive or adverse effect on your reputation.

Pianos –

Austen grew up playing the piano and this it is consistently seen in her novels, typically being played by the protagonist.
1775 - 1817

died at age 41

published anonymously

popularity grew in 20th century

educated primarily by her father's library

Symbols and Connections
Austen was a skilled pianist, like many of
her protagonists

Miss Caroline Bingley may get her name from Austen's niece, Caroline

Elizabeth Bennet is modeled after Austen's cousin, Eliza, Comtesse de Feuillide.

Went with her sister, Cassandra, to be educated by her aunt--in our text young sisters Catherine and Lydia frequent their aunt's house.

Dario Marianelli "Dawn" www. youtube.com/watch?v=TBTOVLFzaYo
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