|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 211-222) and index.
|aThe juvenilia : untying the knots -- Lady Susan and Northanger Abbey : riot in the brain -- Sense and sensibility and Pride and prejudice : allowing for difference -- Mansfield Park : emancipating 'puny' Fanny Price -- Emma : the art of quarrelling -- Persuasion : developing an 'elasticity of mind.'
|a "Jane Austen's six complete novels and her juvenilia are examined in the context of civil society and gender. Steiner's study uses a variety of contexts to appraise Austen's work: Scottish Enlightenment theories of societal development, early-Romantic discourses on gender roles, modern sociological theories on the civilizing process and postmodern feminist positions on moral development and interpersonal relations. Austen is presented as a writer who not only participated in late eighteenth-century debates, but who is able to address twenty-first-century concerns of a theoretical and practical nature."--P.  of cover.
|aAusten, Jane,|d1775-1817|xCriticism and interpretation.