Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style D.A. Miller

ISBN: 9780691090757

Published:

Hardcover

128 pages


Description

Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style  by  D.A. Miller

Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style by D.A. Miller
| Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 128 pages | ISBN: 9780691090757 | 9.36 Mb

What is the world-historical importance of Jane Austen? An old maid writes with the detachment of a god. Here, the stigmatized condition of a spinster- there, a writers unequalled display of absolute, impersonal authority. In between, the secretMoreWhat is the world-historical importance of Jane Austen? An old maid writes with the detachment of a god. Here, the stigmatized condition of a spinster- there, a writers unequalled display of absolute, impersonal authority.

In between, the secret work of Austens style: to keep at bay the social doom that would follow if she ever wrote as the person she is.For no Jane Austen could ever appear in Jane Austen. Amid happy wives and pathetic old maids, we see no successfully unmarried woman, and, despite the multitude of girls seeking to acquire accomplishments, no artist either. What does appear is a ghostly No One, a narrative voice unmarked by age, gender, marital status, all the particulars that make a person--and might make a person peculiar.

The Austen heroine must suppress her wit to become the one and not the other, to become, that is, a person fit to be tied in a conjugal knot. But for herself, Austen refuses personhood, with all its constraints and needs, and disappears into the sourceless anonymity of her style. Though often treasured for its universality, that style marks the specific impasse of a writer whose self-representation is impossible without the prospect of shame.D.A. Miller argues this case not only through the close reading that Austens style always demands, but also through the close writing, the slavish imitation, that it sometimes inspires.



Enter answer





Related Archive Books



Related Books


Comments

Comments for "Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style":


lespetitesfillesrebelles.com

©2010-2015 | DMCA | Contact us