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100 1  Raff, Sarah 
245 10 Erotics of instruction: Jane Austen and the generalizing 
       novel 
300    449 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-
       03, Section: A, page: 0946 
500    Director: Peter Brooks 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 2004 
520    Hounded by complaints that they seduced their readers, 
       British novelists of the eighteenth century called 
       attention to the instructive potential of fiction by 
       packing their works with generalizations. Novelists hoped 
       to convince their detractors that the pedagogical efficacy
       of their broadly applicable statements guaranteed the 
       chastity of their relation with the reader. However, 
       eighteenth-century literary culture so thoroughly 
       eroticized the act of instructing that generalizations, 
       the very speech-acts meant to attest to the novel's sexual
       neutrality, were readable as seductive overtures. As 
       Austen's novels rebelliously suggest, didacticism is a 
       mode of seduction 
520    The exorbitant devotion Austen inspires in her readers has
       emerged as the central mystery of her reception. This 
       study ascribes this devotion to the success with which her
       novels exploit erotic possibilities both inherent in the 
       act of generalizing and linked to it through eighteenth-
       century novel theory. I begin by arguing that through 
       sententious claims to knowledge, Austen's generalizing 
       narrators offer themselves as objects for the reader s 
       transference. Chapter One explores the ostensibly distinct
       but in fact mutually constitutive figurations of the novel
       as seducer and guide that dominated eighteenth-century 
       debates about quixotism and didacticism. Subsequent 
       chapters describe how Austen's novels figure their 
       relation with the reader 
520    The narrator of Northanger Abbey flouts didactic ideology 
       by advertising her aim to seduce and inspire quixotism in 
       her reader. While eighteenth-century literary theory 
       distinguished between the seductive novel that infects its
       reader with quixotism and the orthodox novel that teaches 
       chaste lessons of general opinion, Northanger Abbey 
       suggests that orthodox novels are themselves responsible 
       for literary seduction and its most visible symptom, 
       quixotism. Austen's attack on general opinion goes 
       underground in Sense and Sensibility and Pride and 
       Prejudice, where orthodox lessons are subversively 
       associated with sexual transgression and the mere 
       appearance of consensus. In Mansfield Park and its 
       Victorian successors, didactic authorship is presented as 
       an incestuous mode of guardianship. Each of Austen's 
       novels allegorizes the relation between novel and reader 
       through its primary courtship plot. To varying degrees, 
       each anticipates Austen's reception by claiming 
       intellectual and erotic mastery over the smitten reader 
590    School code: 0265 
590    DDC 
650  4 Literature, English 
650  4 Literature, Comparative 
690    0593 
690    0295 
710 20 Yale University 
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