This volume of international research provides a wide-ranging account of Jane Austen's reception across the length and breadth of Europe, from Russia and Finland in the North to Italy and Spain in the South. In historical terms, the survey ranges from the near-contemporary - since Austen's novels were available in French very soon after their original publication - to modern times, in those countries which for various reasons, linguistic, historical or ideological, have taken up the novels only in recent years. For many, Austen's novels are valued for their romantic content, as love stories, but increasingly they are being perceived as sophisticated, ironic narratives. In this, the quality of translation has been a significant factor and the many film and television adaptations have played an important part in establishing Austen's reputation amongst the public across two centuries. It will be seen from this that across Europe Austen's 'reception history' is far from uniform and has been shaped by a complex of extra-literary forces.
Series Editor's Preface: Elinor Shaffer (University of London) Acknowledgements List of Contributors Abbreviations Timeline: European Reception of Jane Austen: Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University) and Paul Barnaby Introduction: Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University) 1. The Reception of Jane Austen's Novels in France and Switzerland: The Early Years, 1813-1828: Isabelle Bour (University of Tours) 2. The Reception of Jane Austen in France: The Later Nineteenth Century, 1830-1900: Isabelle Bour (University of Tours) 3. The Reception of Jane Austen in France in the Modern Period, 1901-2004: Recognition at Last?: Isabelle Bour (University of Tours) 4. Going Dutch: The Reception of Jane Austen in the Low Countries: Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Sheridan Institute of Technology) 5. The Reception of Jane Austen in Germany: Annika Bautz (University of Keele) 6. 'Unconditional Surrender'? Jane Austen's Reception in Denmark: Peter Mortensen (Aarhus University) 7. Jane Austen and Norway: Sharing the Long Road to Recognition: Marie Nedregotten Sorbo (Volda University College) 8. Jane Austen's Reception in Sweden: Irony as Criticism and Literary Value: Git Claesson Pipping (Soedertoern University College) and Eleanor Wikborg (Stockholm University ) 9. The Reception of Jane Austen in Finland: Ellen Valle (University of Turku) 10. Still the Great Forgotten? The Reception of Jane Austen in Spain: Aida Diaz Bild (University of La Laguna) 11. The Reception of Jane Austen in Italy: Beatrice Battaglia (University of Bologna) 12. The Reception of Jane Austen in Greece: Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki) and Maria Vara (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki) 13. Jane Austen in Hungary: Nora Sellei (University of Debrecen) 14. A Hidden but Prestigious Voice: Jane Austen's Fiction in Slovenia: Vanesa Matajc (University of Ljubljana) 15. Between Bath and Bosnia: Jane Austen and Croatian Culture: Tatjana Jukic (University of Zagreb) 16. Jane Austen in Serbia, 1929--2000: Svetozar Koljevic(University of Sarajevo) 17. Jane Austen: Persuading Romanian Readerships and Audiences: Mihaela Mudure (Babes-Bolyai University) 18. The Reception of Jane Austen in Poland: Grazyna Bystydzienska (University of Warsaw) 19. The Reception of Jane Austen in Russia: Catharine Nepomnyashchy (Columbia University) Bibliography Index