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Some Words of Jane Austen
by Stuart M. Tave
University of Chicago Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-0-226-63342-8 | Paper: 978-0-226-63339-8
Library of Congress Classification PR4038.S8T3 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Jane Austen’s readers continue to find delight in the justness of her moral and psychological discriminations. But for most readers, her values have been a phenomenon more felt than fully apprehended. In this book, Stuart M. Tave identifies and explains a number of the central concepts across Austen’s novels—examining how words like “odd,” “exertion,” and, of course, “sensibility,” hold the key to understanding the Victorian author’s language of moral values. Tracing the force and function of these words from Sense and Sensibility to Persuasion, Tave invites us to consider the peculiar and subtle ways in which word choice informs the conduct, moral standing, and self-awareness of Austen’s remarkable characters.

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