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"A hint of it, with initials": Adultery, Textuality and Publicity in Jane Austen's Lady Susan

Russell, Gillian


In spite of Jane Austen's professed eye for an adulteress, comparatively little attention has been paid to adultery and divorce as themes and contexts of her fiction. Her unpublished epistolary novel Lady Susan has a distinctive status in Austen's oeuvre, recognized as being exemplary of her style and yet atypical of her later achievement. A neglected context for the novel is the extensive reporting of adultery trials in contemporary print culture and the moral panic concerning adultery in the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Women's Writing
DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2010.508888


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