Chapter 34. Jane Austen and Genius

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Deidre Lynch

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch34

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Lynch, D. (2009) Jane Austen and Genius, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch34

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Chancellor Jackman Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • reception and reinvention;
  • Jane Austen and Genius;
  • Introducing into her novels a series of enraptured readers – Sense and Sensibility's Marianne Dashwood and John Willoughby, who “idolize” the same passages;
  • Austen's lifetime literary experience - centered on the endeavor to discover between the lines the traces of a living spirit that could only partially be revealed in the dead letter;
  • The Victorians, by contrast, had talked up Austen as safe and even salutary


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading