Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813. It is a novel of manners that is set in the English countryside during the beginning of the 1800's. The events in the novel surround the Bennet family. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five female children. The society of the time required that all property be left to the oldest male heir. Since Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have no sons, Mr. William Collins is the one who will inherit the Bennet estate. This will leave the Bennet women without a home. To prevent this potentiality, Mrs. Bennet sets out to have her daughters marry into wealth so that they will all be provided for in the event of Mr. Bennet's death.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet the parents of 5 girls
moral blindness | self-knowledge | individualism | relationships | change and transformation | pride | prejudice | irony
Topics for further study
marriage in the 18th century gender roles social codes & expectations - family virtue aristocracy in the 18th century social classes
Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice during the Middle of the Romantic Period of literature. Pride and Prejudice was written and revised over a period of several years (1797-1813) before being published anonymously in 1813. Austen lived and wrote during the late 18th and early 19th century. Major events occurring during this time were the French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and the Industrial Revolution, although none of these events figure prominently in the novel.
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PN 41 .D5 Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) v. 116 Contains biographical information about Jane Austen. Arrranged alphabetically by author's last name.
PN 50 .L574 Literature and Its Times v.2, p. 295-300 Gives a historical context for the novel.
PN 56.4 .H69 Characters in 19th Century Literature p. 19-22 Lists the characters in the novel.
PN523 .W67 World Literature Criticism v. 1, p. 142-158
PN761 .N5 Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (NCLC) v. 1,13, 19, 33, 51, 81, 95 Contains excerpts of critical articles about the novel. Arranged alphabetically by author's last name. Volume 13 (p. 51-112) contains the most information about Pride and Prejudice.
PN 3385 .N66 Novels For Students v.1, p. 282-305.
PN 3451 .C7 Magill's Critical Survey of Long Fiction v.1, p. 115-127 Gives biographical & background information. Provides an analysis of all of her works as a whole.
PR 85 .B688 British Writers v. 4, p. 101-124 Biographical information.
PR 85 .C76 The Chelsea House Library of Literature Criticism: The Critical Perspective PR 85 .M33 The Chelsea House Library of Literature Criticism: Major Authors Edition
PR106 .S7 Reference Guide to english Literature v. 1, p184-186 (Austen), v. 4, p.1786 (Pride and Prejudice).
PR 4036 .A28 Jane Austen Encyclopedia.
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Databases are electronic resources useful for finding journal articles which analyze literature. Some of the Lone Star College - Kingwood Library databases most useful for examining Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen are listed below. Click on the link to go into the database from computers on campus, or use the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login from off-campus.
Project Muse | Find scholarly, full-text articles from recent journals.
Bloom's Literary Reference Online | This database is a collection of many analytical essays discussing literature. These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online. Find information about Pride and Prejudice, or read about Jane Austen's life and entire body of work.
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The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:
Internet sites can be helpful for research in literature. Students should be aware that not all sites are academically suitable for the type of research colleges require. Look at the site and judge it for quality (is it well written?), validity (are facts and statements correct?), currency (how recently was the information updated?), authority (who wrote or created the web page?), and general acceptability. If you are in doubt, check with your instructor. The following are a few sites that might be helpful.
Reading Group Guide to Jane Austen is good to get an overview of how to discuss a piece of literature. This site may give you ideas about writing or getting started.
Jane Austen Information Page contains links to biographical and other information. There is a special section dedicated to Pride and Prejudice which includes a link to the complete text with additional information including links to passages illustrating the themes of "pride" and "prejudice."
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Citing Sources Using MLA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
Avoiding Plagiarism | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.
The Learning Center | Check the TLC hours for in-house tutoring.
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