Chapter 35. Jane Austen's Periods

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Mary A. Favret Associate Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch35

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Favret, M. A. (2009) Jane Austen's Periods, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch35

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Indiana University-Bloomington, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Jane Austen's Periods;
  • To say Austen has a period or belongs to a period, regardless of the exact period attributed to her, is to mark the act of periodizing as a function of the present;
  • For Jane Austen, the question of period has proven elusive, sliding off into repetitions and lapses that trouble chronological assignment;
  • What Lynch calls “her problematic femaleness … compounded by spinsterhood and childlessness” has prompted Austen's periodic period troubles;
  • Sleeping Beauty - Virginia Woolf's response to cut Austen loose from the patrilinear so as to spin an extraordinary fantasy about Austen's relationship to the temporal turnings of the globe;
  • periods upon periods


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • Periods upon Periods

  • Further Reading