A quote from Prof. Butler
Posted by Carolyn B on January 07, 1998 at 14:19:39:
I have been saving some silly quotes from Prof. Marilyn Butler's academic intro to my copy of NA. I'm away from my computer for a few days so I thought I'd toss this out and say "Discuss amongst yourselves" : P
Someone explain this to me, since I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible:
"Northanger Abbey displays artefacts, a proto-anthropological technique, because their accumulation of itself conveys a prosperous society bent on pleasure and acquisition"
(She does go on to discuss how Mrs. Allen's fixation on clothing defines her character.)
BTW, the back cover blurb states that Butler's essay "shows that [Northanger Abbey] is a more sophisticated novel than is often thought, and a sharp social commentary on a consumerist world to which modern readers can easily relate."
umm…. yeah, whatever.....
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