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The Cambridge Companion to ‘Emma'


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Peter Sabor, Jan Fergus, Bharat Tandon, Jonathan Sachs, Robert D. Hume, Edward Copeland, Linda Bree, John Wiltshire, Janine Barchas, Ruth Perry, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson, Gillian Dow, Deidre Shauna Lynch
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  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107442993

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  • Thanks to its tightly paced, intricately plotted narrative and its astute psychological characterisation, Emma is commonly thought to be Jane Austen's finest novel. In the twelve chapters of this volume, leading Austen scholars illuminate some of its richest themes and topics, including money and rank, setting and community, music and riddles, as well as its style and structure. The context of Emma is also thoroughly explored, from its historical and literary roots through its publication and contemporary reception to its ever-growing international popularity in the form of translations and adaptations. Equally useful as an introduction for new students and as a research aid for mature scholars, this Companion reveals why Emma is a novel that only improves on re-reading, and gives the lie to Austen's famous speculation that in Emma Woodhouse she had created 'a heroine whom no one but myself will much like'.

    • Offers both close readings of the text and a survey of the historical and literary context of one of the greatest of English novels
    • Topics discussed encompass a wide variety of approaches, including recent translations and screen adaptations
    • Brings together essays from leading scholars of Jane Austen and the English novel
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Cambridge Companion to Emma celebrates and illuminates the surprises, complexities and revelations of Jane Austen's fourth novel. … The twelve contributors to this Cambridge Companion, together with their editor, are fond of Emma too and their ideas are sure to delight any reader's mind.' Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom Newsletter

    'The editor, Peter Sabor, has collected a stellar international line up of contributors; indeed, when the contributor lists for the three Austen Cambridge Companion volumes are put together, they read like a Who's Who of nearly every prominent academic who has published in the field in the past twenty years … The Cambridge Companion to Emma covers vast amounts of ground with lightness and liveliness, offering the reader the information they need in the way that they need it.' Helena Kelly, Notes and Queries

    'In The Cambridge Companion to Emma, Peter Sabor brings together twelve insightful essays that will appeal to first-time readers as well as to re-readers, for each author presents a detailed analysis that contributes to a deeper appreciation of Emma. … The essays in The Cambridge Companion to Emma form a supplement that will sit comfortably on the shelf next to Austen's novels.' Laurie Kaplan, Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107442993
    • length: 243 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Peter Sabor
    1. Composition and publication Jan Fergus
    2. The literary context Bharat Tandon
    3. The historical context Jonathan Sachs
    4. Money and rank Robert D. Hume
    5. Contemporary responses Edward Copeland
    6. Style, structure, language Linda Bree
    7. The heroine John Wiltshire
    8. Setting and community Janine Barchas
    9. Music Ruth Perry
    10. Games, riddles and charades Jillian Heydt-Stevenson
    11. Translations Gillian Dow
    12. Screen versions Deidre Shauna Lynch
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    Peter Sabor, McGill University, Montréal
    Peter Sabor is Director of the Burney Centre and Canada Research Chair in Eighteenth-Century Studies at McGill University. He is a past president of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is General Editor of The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney and co-General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. His publications on Austen include the Juvenilia (2006) volume in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen and Jane Austen's Manuscript Works (2013), co-edited with Linda Bree and Janet Todd.


    Peter Sabor, Jan Fergus, Bharat Tandon, Jonathan Sachs, Robert D. Hume, Edward Copeland, Linda Bree, John Wiltshire, Janine Barchas, Ruth Perry, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson, Gillian Dow, Deidre Shauna Lynch

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