Chapter 37. Austen's European Reception

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Anthony Mandal Lecturer

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch37

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Mandal, A. (2009) Austen's European Reception, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch37

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Austen's European reception;
  • Jane Austen's attitude towards Europe - ambivalent one;
  • translations - European translations of Austen's works across 28 discrete cultural and linguistic boundaries;
  • during the nineteenth century - Austen's European presence was relatively restricted;
  • her works circulated around Europe in Anglophone versions;
  • Austen's appearance in Europe occurred within her own lifetime, beginning with the translation of Pride and Prejudice in 1813, issues of the Swiss monthly periodical Bibliothèque britannique;
  • early translators of Austen enjoyed high literary reputations and were popular novelists;
  • Austen was not only received in Europe through translations, but in a variety of other forums;
  • influence of films and screen adaptations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Translations

  • Criticism

  • Influence of Films and Screen Adaptations

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading