Date of Award

5-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

For many decades, literary theorists and historians have debated the historical accuracy of Jane Austen’s novels and their differing perspectives have often kept the two disciplines from developing a full picture of the novels’ historicity. Yet, through examining both the historical reality of courtship and its manifestation in Austen’s works, historians can better utilize more of these primary sources. Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey both document the coming-of-age courtships of aristocratic and other well-to-do women of the eighteenth century and offer glimpses of practices and ideologies behind certain facets of courtship

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