Anhand einer Reihe von Fallstudien setzt der Band ein erweitertes Konzept von Rezeptionsgeschichte in die Praxis um. Nach diesem Konzept umfaßt die Erforschung der Rezeptionsgeschichte die buchhandelsgeschichtlichen Grundlagen, die Übersetzungen und Bearbeitungen, die Aufnahme auf der Bühne und die literarische Kritik ebenso wie die verschiedenen Formen der produktiven Rezeption. Die Beiträge behandeln Leipzig als Vermittlungszentrum englischsprachiger Literatur, wichtige Rezensionsorgane wie das Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes und das vielfältige kritische Echo auf (Autor(inn)en wie Maria Edgeworth, Lady Sidney Morgan, Byron, Thomas Moore, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, George Eliot und William Morris; Übersetzungen und Bearbeitungen einzelner Werke von Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Swinburne und Oscar Wilde; die Rezeption von Arthur Wing Pinero, Shaw, Wilde und Galsworthy im Wiener Theater der Jahrhundertwende; und schließlich die produktive Auseinandersetzung Heines, Charles Sealsfields sowie der Verfasser von historischen und Staatsromanen mit britischen Vorgängern und Modellen.
Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
This volume of international research provides a wide-ranging account of Jane Austen's reception across the length and breadth of Europe, from Russia and Finland in the North to Italy and Spain in the South. In historical terms, the survey ranges from the near-contemporary - since Austen's novels were available in French very soon after their original publication - to modern times, in those countries which for various reasons, linguistic, historical or ideological, have taken up the novels only in recent years. For many, Austen's novels are valued for their romantic content, as love stories, but increasingly they are being perceived as sophisticated, ironic narratives. In this, the quality of translation has been a significant factor and the many film and television adaptations have played an important part in establishing Austen's reputation amongst the public at large. It will be seen from this that across Europe Austen's 'reception history' is far from uniform and has been shaped by a complex of extra-literary forces.
This book brings a renewed critical focus to the history of novel writing, publishing, selling and reading, expanding its viewing beyond national territories. Relying on primary sources (such as advertisements, censorship reviews, publisher and bookstore catalogues), the book examines the paths taken by novels in their shifts between Europe and Brazil, investigates the flow of translations in both directions, pays attention to the successful novels of the time and analyses the critical response to fiction in both sides of the Atlantic. It reveals that neither nineteenth century culture can be properly understood by focusing on a single territory, nor literature can be fully perceived by looking only to the texts, ignoring their material existence and their place in social and economical practices.
As daughter of the richest, most important man in the small provincial village of Highbury, Emma Woodhouse is firmly convinced that it is her right--perhaps even her "duty"--to arrange the lives of others. Considered by most critics to be Austen's most technically brilliant achievement, "Emma" sparkles with ironic insights into self-deception, self-discovery, and the interplay of love and power.
Published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility has delighted generations of readers with its masterfully crafted portrait of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Forced to leave their home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne must rely on making good marriages as their means of support. But unscrupulous cads, meddlesome matriarchs, and various guileless and artful women impinge on their chances for love and happiness. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen wrote, "The technique of ÝJane Austen's novels ̈ is beyond praise....Her mastery of the art she chose, or that chose her, is complete." This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains a new Introduction by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Gates, in addition to new explanatory notes.