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Annotated Bibliography, Jane Austen

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Austen, Jane. Jane Austen's Letters. Comp. Deirdre Le Faye. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995. Print.

ANNOTATION HERE, AS IT'S AUSTEN'S LETTERS, YOU MIGHT WANT TO SAY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEIR PUBLICATION (THIS WOULD BE IN THE INTRO), WHO THEY WERE TO (FRIENDS? FAMILY? BUSINESS LETTERS?), OR WHY THEY'RE IMPORTANT TO READ.

Clueless. Dir. Amy Heckerling. By Amy Heckerling. Perf. Alicia Silverstone, Stacy Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd. Paramount Pictures, 1995. Film.

ANNOTATION I LIKE THE IDEA OF USING FILM HERE. HAVING AN ANNOTATION SAYING WHY IT'S RELEVANT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

Evans, Mary. Jane Austen and the State. London: Tavistock Publications, 1987. Print.

ANNOTATION IT'S GOOD TO BE AWARE OF THIS SOURCE, BUT YOU PROBABLY ONLY NEED TO INCLUDE IT IF YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE AN ARGUMENT THAT'S RELATED TO AUSTEN AND THE STATE.

Fritzer, Penelope Joan. Introduction. Jane Austen and Eighteenth-century Courtesy Books. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1997. 1-7. Print.

The introductory essay of this book makes an argument for a likely correlation between eighteenth-century courtesy literature and Jane Austen’s socially conscious novels. Fritzer maintains that Austen’s satire is not intended to mock the courtesy novels of her time, but rather to mock the type of people who could not gracefully “adhere” to the moral standards of the time. Of course, this is only one interpretation of Austen’s moral sentiments -– it will be best examined in light of additional essays concerned with her satirical leanings. GOOD

Kirkham, Margaret. "Part Two: The Publication and Reception of Jane Austen's Novels, 1797-1818." Jane Austen, Feminism and Fiction. London: Athlone, 1997. 51-77. Print.

This chapter, excerpted from a larger work on feminism and fiction, details the complications of publishing Austen’s work in a previously male-dominated sector. It addresses the time Austen spent in Bath and the origins of “Mrs Ashton Dennis” (M.A.D.). EXPLAIN. In addition, it offers feminist criticism of early carelessness in accurately chronicling her life for future scholars. SAY A LITLE ABOUT THIS. It will be useful on many fronts, not the least of those being public reception of Austen both in her time and ours.

Le Faye, Dierdre, and William Austen-Leigh. Jane Austen, A Family Record. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.

This book gives an authoritative chronology of Jane Austen’s life and family tree. It will be useful in contextualizing her work historically, alongside Fritzer's book. AND MAYBE IN TERMS OF THINKING ABOUT HER FICTION IN RELATION TO EXPERIENCES WOMEN REALLY HAD.

Schor, Mira. "Jane Austen Never Married." Women's Studies Quarterly Envy 34.3/4 (2006): 180-81. JSTOR. Web. 23 Apr. 2010. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/40003535>.

Artist Mira Schor produced a collection of paintings that capture authors in relation to their heroines. Here, she explains both her purpose and procedure. It is relevant to other conversations about modern reception of Austen. TRY TO SAY MORE ABOUT HOW IT'S RELEVANT. wHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF IT?

Watching Ourselves Watching." Introduction. Jane Austen in Hollywood. Ed. Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 1998. 1-12. Print.

The editors of this compilation of essays have concerned themselves with Jane Austen’s work as it has been realized on film. In their introductory essay, they address the appeal of modern interpretations to contemporary audiences, and also what the screenplays have lost in translation. They give particular attention to the role of satire within her novels, as well, and examine several films on this point. This essay will be useful in demonstrating the “timelessness” of Austen’s work, especially as opposed to the “timeliness” of modern day productions.

FROM YOUR ANNOTATED BIB,I WOULD EXPECT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE ABOUT THE RECEPTION OF AUSTEN'S WORK. i THINK THIS IS AN ok PATH TO TAKE, BUT ALSO REMEMBER TO TIE THIS AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT TO WOMEN'S LIVES AND EXPERIENCES. tHE RECEPTION MIGHT BE USEFUL HISTORICALLY IN HELPING US TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WOMEN RESPONDED TO. YOU ALSO MIGHT WANT TO ADD ONE OR TWO OF AUSTEN'S BOOKS TO THIS.

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