Original scientific paper
Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey
; Polytechnic of Rijeka
APA 6th Edition
Šepić, T. (2018). Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Književna smotra, 50 (189(3)), 0-0. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/212202
MLA 8th Edition
Šepić, Tatjana. "Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey." Književna smotra, vol. 50, no. 189(3), 2018, pp. 0-0. https://hrcak.srce.hr/212202. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.
Chicago 17th Edition
Šepić, Tatjana. "Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey." Književna smotra 50, no. 189(3) (2018): 0-0. https://hrcak.srce.hr/212202
Šepić, T. (2018). 'Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey', Književna smotra, 50(189(3)), pp. 0-0. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/212202 (Accessed 04 October 2022)
Šepić T. Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Književna smotra [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2022 October 04];50(189(3)). Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/212202
T. Šepić, "Literary Games in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey", Književna smotra, vol.50, no. 189(3), pp. 0-0, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/212202. [Accessed: 04 October 2022]
Northanger Abbey was Jane Austen's first completed novel, published posthumously only in 1818. At first sight this “literary toddler”, compared to her other five major novels, may seem as a less successful combination of a Gothic pastiche, social satire and romance. Yet, modern literary criticism has shown that there are deeper coded meanings underlying the surface of the literal representation of this text that is possible to interpret from, for example, psychological or feminist perspectives. This article focuses on the dual nature of the discourse in Northanger Abbey, which is autoreferential and referential at the same time, as well as on numerous metafictional elements and on the examples of explicit or coded citations, all of which reveal a very modern, metapoetic aspect of the novel. If we read Northanger Abbey as a novel about the novel as a genre, its conventions and artificiality, the ways in which it is written and read, i.e. as a novel about the text, the writer and the reader, and their relationship, we can say that it represents Jane Austen's ars poetica of fiction.
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