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This chapter shows that paragraphs are themselves an ‘expressive device’ and not simply a form of segmenting prose into semantically neutral units. The chapter draws on a history of paragraphs (which are alternatively linked to oral delivery and to logical organisation) and shows how paragraphs can contribute to various effects of expression, including tonal control.
Whether you're new to Austen's work or know it backwards and forwards already, this book provides a clear, full and highly engaging account of how Austen's fiction works and why it matters. Exploring new pathways into the study of Jane Austen's writing, novelist and academic Jenny Davidson looks at Austen's work through a writer's lens, addressing formal questions about narration, novel writing, and fictional composition as well as themes including social and women's history, morals and manners. Introducing new readers to the breadth and depth of Jane Austen's writing, and offering new insights to those more familiar with Austen's work, Jenny Davidson celebrates the art and skill of one of the most popular and influential writers in the history of English literature.