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Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

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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 is the assistant executive editor for Dappled Things and assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review (StAR). She is editor of several Ignatius Critical Editions volumes, and has collaborated with other editors to provide footnotes for numerous others. Her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague (2011), is available through the kind patronage of Kaufmann Publishing. Her work has appeared in the National Catholic Register and Touchstone, as well as with First Things and The Catholic Thing. She and her husband, Professor Sam Nicholson, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their daughters, Beatrice and Veronica.

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Katy Carl

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.

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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.

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Mitchell Kalpakgian

Mitchell Kalpakgian earned degrees from Bowdoin College (B.A.), the University of Kansas (M.A.), and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.). He has completed fifty years of teaching at a number of small liberal arts colleges including Simpson College (Iowa), Christendom College (Virginia), and Wyoming Catholic College. He currently teaches part-time at various schools and colleges in New Hampshire (Thomas More College, The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Mount Royal Academy, and New England Classical Academy). He is a contributing editor of New Oxford Review, writes for St. Austin Review and Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and reviews books for The Wanderer. He has published six books: The Marvelous in Fielding's Novels, The Mysteries of Life in Children's Literature, The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization, An Armenian Family Reunion, Modern Manners: The Poetry of Conduct and The Virtue of Civility, and The Virtues We Need Again. He has designed homeschooling literature courses for Seton Home School, and he also teaches online courses for Queen of Heaven Academy. He has written online columns for The Seton Magazine (, Truth and Charity Forum (, and The Civilized Reader (

Theresa M. Kenney

Theresa Kenney received her Ph.D. 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

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.

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Regis Martin

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

Jack Trotter has a Ph.D. 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.

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