Mansfield Park is Jane Austen’s darkest, and most complex novel. In contrast to the confident and vivacious heroines of Emma and Pride and Prejudice, its central character, Fanny Price, is a shy and vulnerable poor relation who finds the courage to stand up for her principles and desires. Fanny comes to live at Mansfield Park, the home of the wealthy Bertram family, and of Fanny’s aunt, Lady Bertram. Though the family impresses upon Fanny her inferior status, she finds a friend in Edmund, the younger brother. Mansfield Park explores important issues such as slavery (the source of the Bertrams’ wealth), the oppressive nature of idealized femininity, and women’s education. This edition sheds light on these and other issues through its insightful introduction and wide-ranging appendices of contemporary documents.
From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park that makes her story of an impoverished girl living with her wealthy relatives an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of Austen’s own favorite novel with more than 2,300 annotations on facing pages, including: ● Explanations of historical context ● Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writings ● Definitions and clarifications ● Literary comments and analysis ● Maps of places in the novel ● An introduction, bibliography, and detailed chronology of events ● More than 225 informative illustrations Filled with fascinating details about the characters’ clothes, houses, and carriages, as well as background information on such relevant issues as career paths in the British navy, contemporary attitudes toward slavery, and the legal and social consequences of adultery, David M. Shapard’s Annotated Mansfield Park brings Austen’s world into richer focus. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Adopted into the household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, Fanny Price grows up a meek outsider among her cousins in the unaccustomed elegance of Mansfield Park. Soon after Sir Thomas absents himself on estate business in Antigua (the family's investment in slavery and sugar is considered in the Introduction in a new, post-colonial light), Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive at Mansfield, bringing with them London glamour, and the seductive taste for flirtation and theatre that precipitates a crisis. While Mansfield Park appears in some ways to continue where Pride and Prejudice left off, it is, as Kathryn Sutherland shows in her illuminating Introduction, a much darker work, which challenges 'the very values (of tradition, stability, retirement and faithfulness) it appears to endorse'. This new edition provides an accurate text based, for the first time since its original publication, on the first edition of 1814.
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By examining Jane Austen's texts in the light of key developments in cultural, historicist, and feminist theory, this volume both provides a view of Austen as a traditionalist and simultaneously argues for MANSFIELD PARK and PERSUASION as radical works which address contemporary politics of culture and gender in exciting collocations.
ABOUT THE BOOK Mansfield Park was the third of Jane Austens books to be printed. Though it has some qualities in common with Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, which were published before it, Mansfield Park stands out as a completely different kind of book. For one thing, the lively, quick-witted, playful female ends up being a villain, while the butter-wouldnt-melt-in-her-mouth goody-goody is the novels heroine. For another thing, Mansfield Park isnt a light-hearted love story. It touches on sensitive issues, including slavery, gossip, and politics. For Austen lovers, Mansfield Park is a veritable walk on the dark side. MEET THE AUTHOR Amy Sharony writes about parenting, health, education, food, travel, books and other lifestyle topics for a variety of print and online publications. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Not everyone likes Mansfield Park, and a large part of that is due to its heroine. Fanny Price is sweet, complacent, and accommodating, but shes also a judgmental, passive-aggressive prig who spends half the novel complaining to herself about everyone around her. Is it her fault? Certainly, her upbringing has contributed to her character: Sent away from her harum-scarum family in her tender youth to live with her wealthy aunt Bertrams family, Fanny is alternately ignored (by her cousins and their mother), picked at (by her aunt Norris, who favors Lady Bertrams children), and treated like a fragile flower by her cousin Edmund. By the time the children of the family are old enough to start thinking of marriage, Fanny has developed into young lady smart enough to recognize the follies of her family and friends but not confident or compassionate enough to share her knowledge with them. Shes also developed a raging (and hopeless) crush on Edmund. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Jane Austen's Mansfield Park + About the Book + About the Author + Overall Summary + Detailed Chapter Summaries + ...and much more Jane Austen's Mansfield Park