Profile: John Mullan

Professor John Mullan is Head of Department for English at University College London. John is a specialist in 18th-century literature and is at present writing the volume of the Oxford English Literary History that will cover the period from 1709 to 1784. He also has research interests in the 19th century, and in 2012 published his book What Matters in Jane Austen?

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Status, Rank and Class in Jane Austen's Novels

Status and titles fueled much of the satire and humor in the novels of Jane Austen. From Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice, to the vain spendthrift Sir Walter Elliot in Persuasion, those with pretensions of rank were the subjects of her sharp pen.
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The Ball In The Novels Of Jane Austen

In Austen's fiction, as in many novels of the 19th century, a ball is the ultimate occasion for a heady kind of courtship – a trying out of partners that is exciting, flirtatious and downright erotic. Couples perform together, feeling each other’s physical proximity (though both men and women wore gloves throughout) while being watched by others.

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Crime in Great Expectations

Crime exists as a powerful psychological force throughout Dickens’s Great Expectations. Professor John Mullan examines the complicated criminal web in which the novel’s protagonist, Pip, finds himself caught.

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Orphans In Fiction

Why do orphans appear so frequently in 19th-century fiction? Professor John Mullan reflects on the opportunities they provide for authors, considering some of the most famous examples of the period.

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