All you need to know about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. They are perfect for coursework, revision and exam preparation. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.
For all its popularity, Pride and Prejudice has sometimes been dismissed as petty, provincial and passionless. Here, leading Austen scholar Janet Todd takes a very different view. Drawing on a wide range of critical opinions about the novel, she argues that not only is Elizabeth Bennet one of literature's most engaging heroines but that, in her portrait of Mr Darcy, Austen comes as near to representing sexual infatuation as she could within the conventions of the time. This entertaining, accessible guide is a must-read for students and general readers alike.