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Sibling love and incest in Jane Austen's fiction
Hudson, Glenda A., 1959-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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ix, 143 pages ; 22 cm
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Title on spine: Sibling love & incest in Jane Austen's fiction.
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PR4038.P8 H83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Glenda Hudson is Professor of English at the California State University, where she specializes in Victorian literature and the British novel. Born in Canterbury, England, she received her BA from the University of Leeds and her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University.

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Although the word "incest" in the title might suggest a sensationalistic reading of Austen's fiction, Hudson's study is in fact a sober and thoughtful examination of Austen's depiction of family relationships. Perhaps the most interesting chapter is "Incestuous Sibling Relationships," which focuses on Austen's celebration of endogamous marriages for example the marriages of first cousins or other relatives raised in quasi-sibling relationships (Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram) or the marriages of people related by marriage (Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley). Hudson argues persuasively that for Austen such marriages, because they are based on the mutual love and respect of equals, and not merely on sexual passion, serve to restore and reinvigorate the family as a bulwark against the moral confusion and chaos of a new age. Other chapters explore the relationships of sisters, the often painful reliance of unmarried women upon their brothers, and Austen's variations on the Cinderella motif. Much of what Hudson says is clear and insightful, but the study is marred by repetition. In addition, she at times forces her reading upon the novels, rather than exploring the significant variations from the pattern she has observed as in Persuasion, which certainly does not end in an endogamous marriage. Primarily for comprehensive Austen collections; an optional purchase elsewhere.-K. P. Mulcahy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
References to Jane Austen's Novelsp. ix
Preface to the 1999 Reprintp. xi
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Antecedents and Successorsp. 9
3 Incestuous Sibling Relationships: Mansfield Park, Emma and Sense and Sensibilityp. 33
4 Sisterhood, Education and Marriagep. 61
5 Fairy Godmothers and Ugly Sisters: the Cinderella Motif in Austen's Fictionp. 97
6 Patrimonial Issue: Dutiful and Prodigal Brothersp. 119
Notesp. 130
Indexp. 141