Once second fiddle to Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first published novel, has grown popular among scholarly as well as general audiences and is now scrutinized by a wide range of critics in complex and rewarding interpretations. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1813 second edition, which includes Jane Austen's latest revisions and corrections. It is accompanied by explanatory footnotes, textual notes, and a map of early-nineteenth-century England.
"Contexts" explores the personal and social issues that loom large in the novel -- sense, sensibility, self-control, judgment, romantic love, family, and inheritance -- in works by Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and an anonymous contributor to Lady's Magazine.
In essays on topics such as language, sexuality, power, and movies, "Criticism" collects six early and twelve modern assessments of Sense and Sensibility including. A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are also included. Book jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-416).
Map: England in the 19th Century
Sense of Sensibility
From Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) / Adam Smith
Rambler No. 32 (1750) / Samuel Johnson
Idler No. 72 (1759) / Samuel Johnson
From Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) / Edmund Burke
From Rights of Man (1791) / Thomas Paine
From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) / Mary Wollstonecraft
From Sensibility: An Epistle to the Honourable Mrs. Boscawen (1782) / Hannah More
From Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799) / Hannah More
The Enthusiasm of Sentiment; a Fragment (1798) / The Lady's Magazine
From Mademoiselle Panache (1796) / Maria Edgeworth
From Belinda (1801) / Maria Edgeworth
From Unsigned Review (February 1812) / Critical Review
Unsigned Review (May 1812) / British Critic
From British Novelists (1860) / W. F. Pollock
From Miss Austen (1866) / Anonymous
From The Classic Novelist (1894) / Alice Meynell
From Jane Austen (1917) / Reginald Farrer
First Publication: Thomas Egerton, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice / Jan Fergus
Sensibility / Raymond Williams
Sensibility and the Worship of Self / Marilyn Butler
Ideological Contradictions and the Consolations of Form: Sense and Sensibility / Mary Poovey
Sense and Sensibility: Opinions Too Common and Too Dangerous / Claudia L. Johnson
Wills / Gene Ruoff
The Novel's Wisdom: Sense and Sensibility / Patricia Meyer Spacks
Taste: Gourmets and Ascetics / Isobel Armstrong
Sense and Sensibility: The Letter, Post Factum / Mary Favret
The Personal and the Pro Forma / Deidre Shauna Lynch
Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl / Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Mass Marketing Jane Austen: Men, Women, and Courtship in Two Film Adaptations / Deborah Kaplan
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