Chapter 28. Family Matters

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Ruth Perry Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch28

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Perry, R. (2009) Family Matters, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch28

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • families shaping the individuals born into them in large and small ways;
  • Jane Austen consciously mapped out the maternal and paternal lineage of her characters or calculated their social power within their families in these terms;
  • Family Matters;
  • Austen holds all brothers accountable for how well they take care of their sisters;
  • The Crawfords provide another interesting example of energy and privilege of those whose power comes from paternal kin networks;
  • Not until we come to Emma does Austen offer us a heroine raised up with all the power of unalloyed paternal backing - “Handsome, clever, and rich”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading