Moralizing Manners, Teaching Taste: The Role of Convention in Austen's World


As Catherine’s time in Bath draws to a close and she prepares for the trip to Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen shows the moral significance of conventional and mannered behavior. This can be seen not only in the context of social situations, but also in matters of contemporary taste, including landscape, the visual arts, and literature.


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Lorraine Murphy is associate professor of English at Hillsdale College. She received her B.A. from Davidson College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University – Chicago.