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However much students enjoy their reading of a Jane Austen novel, many find it difficult to know how to organise their critical responses. This book shows students how to develop a firm grasp of Jane Austen's characters, themes and techniques, as well as such central topics as the use of irony in the novels, and their style and moral patterning. In the newly revised and expanded edition of this successful book, Vivien Jones looks at all of Jane Austen's novels, and demonstrates how to analyse both their overall structure and concerns as well as individual passages. A completely new chapter looks at current critical debates about Austen's achievement and the final chapter gives practical advice on writing an essay.