Jane Austen literary criticism

Jane Austen literary criticism F.W. Bradbrook, Jane Austen and her Predecessors, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966.

Julia Prewitt Brown, Jane Austen’s Novels: Social Change and Literary Form, Cambridge (Mass), 1979.

Marilyn Butler, Jane Austen and the War of Ideas, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975, revised 1987.

W.A. Craick, Jane Austen: the Six Novels, London: Methuen, 1965.

D.D. Devlin, Jane Austen and Education, London, 1975.

Alistair M. Duckworth, The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels, Baltimore (Md) and London, 1971.

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination, New Haven and London, 1979.

John Halperin (ed), Jane Austen Bicentenary Essays, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975.

Barbara Hardy, A Reading of Jane Austen, London, 1975.

Joycelyn Harris, Jane Austen’s Art of Memory, Cambridge, 1989.

Claudia L. Johnson, Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel, Chicago and London, 1988.

Margaret Kirkham, Jane Austen: Feminism and Fiction, Brighton and Totawa (NJ) 1983.

Mary Lascelles, Jane Austen and her Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1963.

A. Walton Litz, Jane Austen: a Study of her Artistic Development, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965.

Juliet McMaster (ed), Jane Austen’s Achievement, London: Macmillan, 1976.

David Monaghan, Jane Austen in a Social Context, Totawa (NJ) 1981.

Laura G. Mooneyham, Romance, Language, and Education in Jane Austen’s Novels, New York and Basingstoke, 1988.

Susan Morgan, In the Meantime: Character and Perception in Jane Austen’s Fiction, Chicago, 1980.

Norman Page, The Language of Jane Austen, London: Blackwell, 1972.

K.C. Phillips, Jane Austen’s English, London: Andre Deutsch, 1970.

F.B. Pinion, A Jane Austen Companion, London: Macmillan, 1976.

Warren Roberts, Jane Austen and the French Revolution, New York, 1979.

B.C. Southam, Jane Austen’s Literary Manuscripts: A Study of the Novelist’s Development through the Surviving Papers, London and New York, 1964.

B.C. Southam (ed), Critical Essays on Jane Austen, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1969.

B.C. Southam (ed), Jane Austen: the Critical Heritage, 2 vols, London: Routledge and Keegan Paul, 1968-87.

Alison G. Sulloway, Jane Austen and the Province of Womanhood, Philadelphia, 1989.

Tony Tanner, Jane Austen, London: Macmillan, 1986.

Ian Watt (ed), Jane Austen: a Collection of Critical Essays, Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Prentice-Hall, 1963.


The Complete Critical Guide to Jane AustenThe Complete Critical Guide to Jane Austen is a good introduction to Austen criticism and commentary. It includes a potted biography, an outline of the novels, and pointers towards the main critical writings – from Walter Scott to critics of the present day. It also includes a thorough bibliography which covers biography, criticism in books and articles, plus pointers towards specialist journals. It also has an interesting chapter discussing Austen on the screen. These guides are very popular.

© Roy Johnson 2009


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