The primary definition of sociability in the Oxford English Dictionary is 'the character or quality of being sociable, friendly disposition or intercourse'. Jane Austen's fiction represents one of the most sophisticated analyses we have of the elusive 'character or quality' of sociable human interaction - its joys as well as its pains. Yet the importance of this topic in her work, indeed how it is constitutive of her greatest achievement, has rarely been fore-grounded in Austen studies. The...[Show more]
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