Mansfield Park | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Nina Auerbach

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Mansfield Park.
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Critical Essay by Nina Auerbach

SOURCE: “Jane Austen's Dangerous Charm: Feeling as One Ought about Fanny Price,” in Jane Austen: New Perspectives, edited by Janet Todd, Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 1983, pp. 208-23.

In the following essay, Auerbach considers Fanny Price as a version of the Romantic monster.

Alone among masters of fiction, Jane Austen commands the woman's art of making herself loved. She knows how to enchant us with conversational sparkle, to charm our assent with a glow of description, to entice our smiles with the coquette's practiced glee. No major novelist is such an adept at charming. Samuel Richardson, her greatest predecessor, disdained gentlemanly amenities in his revelations of the mind's interminable, intractable mixture of motives when it engages itself in duels of love; George Eliot, her mightiest successor, rejected charm as an opiate...

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