By Margaret Doody
In Jane Austen’s Names, Margaret Doody bargains a desirable and accomplished learn of the entire names of individuals and placesreal and imaginaryin Austen’s fiction. Austen’s artistic collection of names unearths not just her virtuosic expertise for riddles and puns. Her names additionally choose up deep tales from English heritage, particularly some of the civil wars, and the blood-tinged modifications that performed out within the reign of Henry VIII, a interval to which she usually returns. contemplating the most important novels along unfinished works and juvenilia, Doody indicates how Austen’s names sign type tensions in addition to nearby, ethnic, and non secular variations. We achieve a brand new realizing of Austen’s means of inventive anachronism, which performs with and opposed to her skillfully deployed realismin her books, the conflicts of the prior swirl into the tensions of the current, transporting readers past the Regency.
choked 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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Extra resources for Jane Austen's names : riddles, persons, places
She feels the attraction of puns. Lord Chesterfield preferred to believe that such forms of “false wit” (along with old sayings and proverbs) had happily disappeared: “The reign of King Charles II. ” They are, however, a favorite English form of wit; Shakespeare is full of them. In Northanger Abbey, we are told that the heroine’s parents “seldom aimed at wit of any kind; her father, at the utmost, being contented with a pun, and her mother with a proverb” (NA, I, ch. 9). Morland appears unaware that proverbs and puns have been banished since the reign of Charles II.
We find consistent recognition of civil wars, including the Wars of the Roses as well as the great Civil War of the 1640s. Painful events, civil wars, dissensions, successes, and failures leave their mark and are recognizable in surnames—and in place names. Jane Austen possesses a strong sense of place. Various commentators including Deirdre Le Faye and Maggie Lane have noted her acute comprehension of the social geography of London and of Bath. But she is most at home in the countryside and the network of small towns.
Comments on the intermediate works Catharine, Lady Susan, and The Watsons are interspersed with discussions of the major novels, and their titles given in italics to distinguish these novelistic works, even if unfinished, from short pieces. The personal names of characters—including allusions and implications both historical and literary—are treated first. The discussion of place names, real and imaginary, follows. We look first at who the characters are (according to their names) and then at where they come from and where they find themselves.
Jane Austen's names : riddles, persons, places by Margaret Doody