Mansfield Park | Critical Essay by Jane McDonnell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of Mansfield Park.
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Critical Essay by Jane McDonnell

SOURCE: “‘A Little Spirit of Independence’: Sexual Politics and the Bildungsroman in Mansfield Park,” in Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Spring, 1984, pp. 197-214.

In the following essay, McDonnell evaluates Mansfield Park as a Bildungsroman that deals authentically with feminine childhood experience.

Mansfield Park has never lacked detractors. Kingsley Amis is typical, if a little intemperate, in calling it an “immoral book” and the character of Fanny Price a “monster of complacency and pride, who under a cloak of cringing self-abasement, dominates and gives meaning to the novel.”1 Others have criticized the book for being too severely moral, for its serious and even pietistic tone which militates against the familiar Austen virtues of liveliness and wit.2 And even those critics who praise the novel tend...

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