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Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature

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ISBN-10: 0521025346

ISBN-13: 9780521025348

Edition: 1997

Authors: Alison Byerly, Gillian Beer

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In this volume, Alison Byerly combines close textual analysis with discussion of relevant ancillary topics to examine the place of different arts within 19th century British culture.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works…    

The picturesque aesthetic and the natural art of song
Masterpiece theatres: art as spectacle in William Thackeray and Charlotte Bront
George Eliot's hierarchy of representation
Art works: Thomas Hardy and the labor of creation
Coda: aestheticism: the erasure of the real