Jane Austen : Emma
Author(s) Wenborn, Neil , Moseley, C. W. R. D.
Publication year 2008
'Emma is Jane Austen's masterpiece and one of the supreme achievements of English fiction. Its cast of characters includes some of the author's most fully realized creations, including the upstanding Mr Knightley, the egregious Mrs Elton and the irrepressibly garrulous Miss Bates. But Emma is dominated above all by the personality of its heroine, Emma Woodhouse, Austen's portrayal of whom – a masterclass in irony and the management of narrative perspective – is one of the great high-wire acts of English literature. Among the most variously interpreted novels in the language, Emma has been seen as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unregulated imagination, the story of a woman's humiliation and reform, and a rallying cry of early feminism. This e-book seeks to uncover something of Emma's extraordinary multivalence through a close reading of the text, setting it in the context of Jane Austen's life, times and literary heritage and looking at the way it has been read and re-read by critics in the two centuries since it was published.'
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