Persuasions No. 34
The new issue of JASNA’s journal, Persuasions 34, will soon be mailed to members. Persuasions 34 features essays from the 2012 AGM in Brooklyn on the theme “Sex, Money, and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction.”
Compelling addresses by two of the AGM’s plenary speakers, Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna Quindlen and philosopher-activist Cornel West, bookend the first section of the journal. In between, a selection of essays from other speakers examines sex, money, and power. Elaine Bander charts with precision the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy, and Juliet McMaster playfully analyzes the role of senses in Austen’s depiction of sexual attraction. Marilyn Francus tests the mercenary against the prudent motive while Maggie Lane surveys the merry, mercenary, and mean widows of the novels. In Marcia McClintock Folsom’s potent reading, Mansfield Park quickens as a study of domination, with Fanny as the resisting heroine; Mary Ann O’Farrell’s elegant essay considers Austen’s exploration of the power inherent in manners.
The Miscellany offers further provocations. Deborah Kaplan considers the recent Byrne portrait controversy, and Jocelyn Harris discovers another published reference to Jane Austen. Anne Toner reveals the fascinating significance of speech attribution—“said he” or “said she.” Tiffany Neibuhr examines the way Northanger Abbey’s narrator uses humor to create intimacy with her readers. Three essays ponder Sense and Sensibility: Shannon Chamberlain looks at Willoughby as a luxury good; Bonnie G. Nelson studies the resemblance between Marianne and the Elizas, and Laurie Kaplan surveys Kensington Gardens and the other parks of London. Leo Rockas returns to the subject of Darcy’s intentions while Teri Campbell examines the transformation of first impressions in Pride and Prejudice through contemporary aesthetic assumptions. Anne K. Mellor and Alex L. Milsom provide an alternative view of Fanny Price’s gratitude and its relation to power. And two essays consider Persuasion: Susan Allen Ford suggests another source for Wentworth’s name while Marie Nedregotten Sørbø discovers an unknown nineteenth-century Norwegian version of the novel.
Delights await you! In the meantime, more essays from the Brooklyn AGM and a rich Miscellany may be found in Persuasions On-Line 33.1 (published December 16, 2012).