Chapter 26. Jane Austen and the Nation

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Claire Lamont Professor Textual Adviser

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch26

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Lamont, C. (2009) Jane Austen and the Nation, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch26

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Newcastle University, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Jane Austen and the Nation;
  • Britain was, of course, a monarchy, but Austen's novels show almost no engagement with either the royal court or the nobility;
  • When she moves away from the Gothic - Austen makes almost no use of the other countries within the union;
  • Emma's own wish to see it seems to be an expression of yearning for wider and more elemental horizons and anticipates the moving response to seeing the sea in Persuasion;
  • The clash between a limited reading circle and what one might call public news occurs in Northanger Abbey


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading