By Margaret Doody
In Jane Austen’s works, a reputation isn't only a identify. actually, the names Austen supplies her characters and locations are as wealthy in sophisticated that means as her prose itself. Wiltshire, for instance, the house county of Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, is a clue that this heroine isn't really as silly as she turns out: in line with legend, crafty Wiltshire citizens stuck hiding contraband in a pond capitalized on a name for lack of know-how through claiming they have been digging up a “big cheese”—the moon’s mirrored image at the water’s floor. It worked.
In Jane Austen’s Names, Margaret Doody bargains a desirable and finished examine of the entire names of individuals and places—real and imaginary—in Austen’s fiction. Austen’s artistic selection of names unearths not just her virtuosic expertise for riddles and puns. Her names additionally choose up deep tales from English background, specially some of the civil wars, and the blood-tinged changes that performed out within the reign of Henry VIII, a interval to which she frequently returns. contemplating the foremost novels along unfinished works and juvenilia, Doody indicates how Austen’s names sign classification tensions in addition to local, ethnic, and non secular adjustments. We achieve a brand new figuring out of Austen’s means of artistic anachronism, which performs with and opposed to her skillfully deployed realism—in her books, the conflicts of the previous swirl into the tensions of the current, transporting readers past the Regency.
packed with perception and surprises for even the main dedicated Janeite, Jane Austen’s Names will revolutionize how we learn Austen’s fiction.
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Bromley, Battle of Hastings (1804). Engraving after a painting by Philip James de Loutherbourg. Photograph: © Trustees of the British Museum. erties. . . . . 6 The Battle of Hastings loomed large in the English imagination at the turn into the nineteenth century. This time they were determined to resist the French yoke. In 1804 the great theatrical scene-maker Philip de Loutherbourg drew a historical picture for a patriotic new series and new edition of Hume’s History. That picture, the frontispiece, is The Battle of Hastings (fig.
Historians offer current alibis to the powerful. Under the title of her “History” she adds, “By a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian” (176). In this playful work with a serious point, the “Historian” is openly coat-trailing, defending the Stuart cause throughout and taking the “wrong” side in the Wars of the Roses. Under “Henry the 6th” she writes, I cannot say much for this Monarch’s Sense—Nor would I if I could, for he was a Lancastrian. I suppose you know all about the Wars between him and the Duke of York who was of the right side; if you do not, you had better read some other History, for I shall not be very diffuse in this, meaning by it only to vent my Spleen against, and shew my Hatred to all those people whose parties or principles do not suit with mine, and not to give information.
Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places by Margaret Doody