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Biology and MannersEssays on the Worlds and Works of Lois McMaster Bujold$
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Regina Yung Lee and Una McCormack

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621730.001.0001

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In Quiet Converse

In Quiet Converse

The Intertextual Speaking of Madame Vorsoisson and Miss Price

(p.71) In Quiet Converse
Biology and Manners

Katharine Woods


This chapter takes as its starting point the dedication at the front of Lois McMaster Bujold’s novel A Civil Campaign: ‘For Jane, Charlotte, Georgette and Dorothy—long may they rule’, arguing that the dedication places the novel in conversation with the authors whom Bujold invokes. This allows the chapter to explore this intertextuality through thematic convergences shared between Jane Austen’s Fanny Price of Mansfield Park and Bujold’s Ekaterin Vorsoisson. These themes include: the ambivalent occupation of and transitions between exterior and interior spaces they occupy; on and offstage performances; the significance of gifts of jewelry; the imposition of familial bonds; and the intertwined experience of health and honor. Despite their often ambivalent reception, the chapter argues, Fanny and Ekaterin are integral components of their respective works; central characters in their standalone and series novels.

Keywords:   Lois McMaster Bujold, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, A Civil Campaign, Intertextuality, Fanny Price, Ekaterin Vorsoisson

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