"A hint of it, with initials": Adultery, Textuality and Publicity in Jane Austen's Lady Susan
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 Her unpublished epistolary novel Lady Susan has a distinctive status in Austen's oeuvre, recognized as being exemplary of her style and yet atypical of her later achievement.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]
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