Born - Steventon, England on December 16,1775
Died - Winchester, England on July 18, 1817
Jane Austen was the seventh of eight children born to the rector of the parish at Steventon, England. Despite being neither wealthy nor noble, Reverend Austen had a keen interest in education, even for his daughters. Although her novels focused on courtship and marriage, Jane Austen never married. Jane Austen's first published novel was Sense and Sensibility in 1811. It was printed anonymously with "By a Lady" on the title page, enabling Austen to keep her privacy and her femininity in the eyes of society. The text originally was a series of letters between two sisters, but evolved into novel form. The sisters represent Sense (possessed by Elinor) contrasted with Sensibility (possessed by Marianne).
In this comedy of manners, it is evident that Jane Austen clearly admires individuals with sense. Trusting her senses, Marianne Dashwood falls hopelessly in love with a dashing man who is in fact deceitful. In contrast, sister Elinor sensibly evaluates her opinions of men and romance. The sisters' stories along with the moral issues that surface comprise a romantic novel in a setting where money matters.
Librarian Talk . . . About Books!
Search for literary criticism by typing Jane Austen or Sense and Sensibility in the subject search in the library catalog.
REF PN3385 .N68 (v. 18) - Novels for Students - available as an ebook on your computer as well as in standard book form. Look for it in the library catalog to find the link into the ebook, or use this call number to locate it on the library shelf. Other electronic reference books can be found in the Gale Virtual Reference Collection.
REF PN761.N5 (v. 1, 81) Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism - also contains excerpts from previously published scholarly articles
REF PN50.L574(v 1.1) Literature and Its Times - places the novel in the time period in which it was written.
PR4036.p5 Jane and her gentlemen : Jane Austen and the men in her life and novels - Includes chronology of Austen's life and Austen family tree
PR4034.S4Readings on Jane Austen - criticism, interpretation and history
PR4034.S43P47 Reshaping the sexes in Sense and Sensibility - explores men women relationships in literature
PR4034.S4 Sense and Sensibility - authoritative text, historical contexts, criticism
Librarian Talk about Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles!
Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. Use them to find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more. Home access to article databases is available with your updated library card barcode. If you need assistance finding an article, email the Reference Librarians, and they will help you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information plus your contact information.
Use your library card to login to these online journal databases.
The best way to find journal articles is to search an appropriate database. LSC Kingwood students may search most of our recommended databases from any computer. Your login from off campus is the barcode from your Lone Star College ID or library card.
Librarian Talk about the Internet!
The internet can be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:
Although most of your resources will be found in books and databases, the Internet can be a useful source for research about Jane Austen and Sense and Sensibility. Evaluate Internet sites for quality, scholarly level, author and validity before using them as resources for your paper.
|Librarian Talk about getting help!
Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor.
Citing Sources Using the LSC-Kingwood Library MLA Style Guide | Examples of both paper and electronic
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 | Many services including tutoring for Lone Star College-Kingwood students.
Page written by Susan Schilling, Librarian; 7/02. Revised 7/2012, B. Bradley.