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Austen: Austen writing style

Libguide for Jane Austen and her works.

Why is Austen's writing important?

Jane Austen's (1775–1817) distinctive literary style relies on a combination of parody, burlesque, irony, free indirect speech, and a degree of literary realism. She uses parody and burlesque for comic effect and to critique the portrayal of women in 18th-century sentimental and gothic novels. [source]



What is Free Indirect Speech?

Free indirect speech is a style of third-person narration which uses some of the characteristics of third-person along with the essence of first-person direct speech. [source]

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