The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen's Novels

Author:   Alistair M. Duckworth
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN:  

9781421432168


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   24 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Originally published in 1994. In The Improvement of the Estate, Alistair Duckworth contends that understanding Mansfield Park is fundamental to appreciating Jane Austen's body of work. Professor Duckworth understands Mansfield Park as underscoring the central uniting theme in Austen's work-her concept of the estate and its improvement. The author illustrates Austen's connection to the values of Christian humanism, which she conveys through the uniting theme of estate improvement. According to Duckworth, the estate represents moral and social heritage, so the manner in which individuals seek to improve their estates in Jane Austen's novels represents the direction in which she saw the state and society moving. Finally, Duckworth underscores Austen's awareness of the importance of a society of individuals whose behavior is socially informed.

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Author:   Alistair M. Duckworth
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN:  

9781421432168


ISBN 10:   1421432161
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   24 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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One is not only impressed with Mr. Duckworth's knowledge and insights in this special analysis of Jane Austen's fiction, but also with his knowledge of English fiction in general... An informed commentary on Jane Austen's thought, attitudes, and intentions. --Virginia Quarterly Review


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Alistair Duckworth is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Florida. He also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Florida State University in London and Florida, the University of Virginia, and SUNY Buffalo.

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