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"How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time, and the changes of the human mind!"
In all things, Jane Austen was a woman of faith. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in Mansfield Park, her most neglected, abused, and misunderstood novel. Like Austen's other novels, it can be fully appreciated only when illuminated by the virtuous life and Christian beliefs of the author herself.
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Mansfield Park is a novel about ordination, and about the family. It delves into questions of the education and upbringing of children, of conservative values, of parental authority, of the propriety and place of romantic love, of the tension between propriety and sophistication, and of the dangers of undue familiarity outside the family circle. It unerringly displays the depth of Austen's wisdom, especially in her understanding of the spiritual, psychological, and cultural complexities of morality.
A look at the essays
- "'The Greatest of Nuisances'? Fanny Price as Work in Progress in Mansfield Park" – Katy Carl
- "Mansfield Park and Isaiah 53: Fanny Price's Redemptive Role" – Paul J. Contino
- "The Economic, Social, Romantic, and Moral Aspects of Marriage in Mansfield Park" – Mitchell Kalpakgian
- "Mansfield Park and the Conscience Outside the Self" – Theresa Kenney
- "Jane Austen, William Cobbett, and Jacobin Virtues" – Alasdair MacIntyre
- "On the Uses of Irony and the Limits of Moralism in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park" – Regis Martin
- "Liberty, Restraint, and Social Order in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park" – Jack Trotter
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson situates the reader with the introductory essay.
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Meet the Minds behind the Mansfield Park Edition
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson edited the Ignatius Critical Editions publication of Mansfield Park (under her maiden name, Donlon). Her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague, previously serialized in Dappled Things, is now available through Kaufmann Publishing. She and her husband live in Charlottesville,Virginia.
Katy Carl is the editor in chief of Dappled Things, a magazine for emerging writers, thinkers, and artists in the Catholic tradition. Her writing on religion and literature has appeared in the National Catholic Register and St. Louis Magazine, among others. She lives with her husband and their son in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Paul J. Contino
Paul J. Contino is professor of Great Books at Pepperdine University. With his wife, Maire Mullins, he serves as coeditor of the journal Christianity and Literature. With Susan Felch, he edited and introduced Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith (Northwestern University Press, 2001). His work on Dostoevsky has appeared in Studies in the Novel, Renascence, and Augustine and Literature (Lexington, 2006). Other work has appeared in Religion and the Arts, Comparative Literature Studies, the Cresset, Commonweal, America, the Christian Century, Image, and Religion and Literature.
Mitchell Kalpakgian (PhD, University of Iowa) is professor emeritus of humanities at Wyoming Catholic College. He has taught English literature for over forty years at several other schools: Simpson College (Iowa), Christendom College (Virginia), and Magdalen College (New Hampshire). A contributing editor of New Oxford Review, his articles and book reviews have also appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, the Wanderer, and Saint Austin Review. He is the author of several books: The Marvelous in Fielding's Novels, The Mysteries of Life in Children's Literature, The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization, and An Armenian Family Reunion (a collection of short stories). His latest book is The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization: Hospitality, Conversion, Letter-Writing, the Enjoyment of People, the Art of Pleasing and Courtship (Neumann Press, 2009).
Theresa M. Kenney
Theresa Kenney received her PhD from Stanford and is former chair of the Department of English at the University of Dallas. She is the author of "Women Are Not Human": A Renaissance Treatise and Responses and several articles on Austen, Dante, and Donne. She is also academic program chairman for the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Alasdair MacIntyre retired as research professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in June 2010, a position he held for ten years. He is the author of, among other books, After Virtue and God, Philosophy, Universities.
Regis Martin is professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where, in addition to courses on Christ and the Church, he teaches such landmarks of literature as the works of Dante, Eliot, and Flannery O'Connor. The author of several books, including The Last Things and The Suffering of Love, he is married and the father of many children.
Jack Trotter has a PhD in medieval and Renaissance literature from Vanderbilt University (1995). He has published numerous essays on Shakespearean drama and, more recently, nineteenth-century literature. He also publishes frequently in Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.