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The author's inheritance : Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, and the establishment of the novel
Parker, Jo Alyson, 1954-
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DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1998.
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xii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Discovering Homer's heir -- Written by "A lady" -- Tom Jones : the plot of the author -- Pride and prejudice : Jane Austen's double inheritance plot -- Amelia : Fielding's dark sequel -- Mansfield Park : Dismantling Pemberley.
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PR3458.A9 P37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A study of the influence of Henry Fielding on the works of Jane Austen. Jo Alyson Parker explores how Fielding and Austen rely on a common comedic vision, employ similar themes and plot structures, and follow a similar trajectory in their careers.

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Parker (St. Joseph's Univ.) juxtaposes works by Fielding and Austen to show how these writers confront similar problems in establishing "the novel genre" and "how they diverge as they contend with gender issues." Individual chapters discuss and contrast Joseph Andrews and Northanger Abbey, Tom Jones and Pride and Prejudice, Amelia and Mansfield Park, with attention to the development of the novel as a literary form, as an expression of the author's creative personality, and as a means of social criticism. Parker concludes that in Mansfield Park Austen "interweaves her championing of traditional values with her critique of patriarchal institutions that define and deny women," and that in Persuasion, her last completed novel, Austen rejects both a traditional patriarchal society (e.g., the landed estate) and a patriarchal authorial tradition--expressed in many "books," including novels. The author's comparative method tellingly develops the integral connection between social commentary and literary form. A good choice for upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. J. Benardete; CUNY Hunter College