New essays on Jane Austen

9 February 2021

Jane Austen: Reflections of a Reader is a collection of essays by (the late) Nora Bartlett and edited by Professor Jane Stabler. The volume distills Nora Bartlett's deep understanding and appreciation of Austen's works from a lifetime of reading and teaching in the School of English. The essays are both intra- and inter-textual in focus, ranging from perceptive analysis of individual scenes to the exploration of motifs across Austen's fiction.  

Full of astute connections, these lively essays hinge on the study of human behaviour - from family relationships to sickness and hypochondria - highlighting Austen's artful literary techniques and her powers of human observation.  

Jane Austen: Reflections of a Reader is a brilliant contribution to the field of Jane Austen studies, both in its accessible style (which preserves the oral register of the original lectures), and in its foregrounding of the reader in a warm, compelling and incisive conversation about Austen's works.  

The volume is published by Open Book Publishers, a non-profit Open Access Publisher based in Cambridge (UK) and run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world.  

Edited by Professor Jane Stabler from the School of English, it is available to read for free online from the Open Book Publishers website.