Chapter 17. Austen's Realist Play

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Harry E. Shaw Chair Senior Associate Dean

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch17

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Shaw, H. E. (2009) Austen's Realist Play, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch17

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Cornell University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Austen's Realist Play;
  • situations in Austen in which deception results from individual passion;
  • most important of these - romantic love, but it is by no means the only one;
  • a final use of “deceived” in Austen that is worth mentioning - typified by narrator's description of Miss Bates as “the happily deceived aunt”;
  • self-deception - rich topic on which a great deal of work has been done;
  • modern discourse on subject of self-deception can nonetheless illuminate Emma


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • I

  • II

  • III

  • Further Reading