Thematic StudyI am doing a research on  'Thematic study of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice' please advise some useful titles and resources about that.

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From your question what I understand is that you need resources to develop a thematic study of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Aside from the myriad of great resources we offer here on Enotes, I would also recommend that you visit the American Society of Jane Austen Scholars website which is included in the links with this answer.

As far as Pride and Prejudice goes, there has been extensive thematic research already published which will greatly help you expand your horizons when it comes to your main topic.

Now, keep in mind that Pride and Prejudice has a number of themes that can be explored, for which you will have to be very focused and specific as to what themes you are going to analyze. Is it the pride and the prejudice of the characters? Is it the institution of marriage in pre-Victorian times? The relationship among the Bennets? Jane and Bingley? The possibilities are endless.

Another big group, The Jane Austen Society of North America, also offers published papers which analyze thematically the different novels and that can also help you mold your research a bit better. That link is also included with this answer.

You will find that Pride and Prejudice is a much more complex read than many other contemporary works of its kind. There is a lot you can get from the story, the style, characters, plot, and even from the dialogue of the characters. Focus on one theme at a time and you will succeed.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator is not the highest academic source but has a thorough listing of textual quotations addressing the twin themes of "pride" and "prejudice."

Brooklyn College CUNY has a more expanded list of themes with brief discussion of each.

Loan Star College System, , provides a list of reference material for exploring Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

If you go to Google Scholar and type in the search terms { theme+pride and prejudice }, you'll have a number of hopeful options to choose from.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Along a similar vein, you could equally examine the presentation of marriage in this excellent novel and then compare it to how marriage is thought of today. Let us remember that the novel shows many different characters marrying for many different reasons. You have Charlotte and Mr. Collins, who marry with a complete absence of affection and purely for social and material gain; you have Lydia who marries Mr. Wickham for lust alone, and then you have Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, who marry for both love and social standing. Examining such a topic and then considering why people marry today would make for a fascinating research project.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might want to trace the ways in which the word "pride" is used in the book and also the ways in which the meaning of that word had evolved by Austen's time. In earlier centuries, the word had almost completely negative connotations. Today it often tends to have fairly positive connotations ("be proud of yourself"; "show some pride in yourself"). It would be interesting to know where Austen's novel falls in the history of that evolution.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After reading your question and the other posts, I have to say that I love the idea of examining "pride" and both its historical meaning and modern meaning. The change in meaning of a word normally plays a great part in being able to understand a text or not. The fact that pride has changed is very relevant to the text and the modern understanding of it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I suggest a wonderful little gem of a book called What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. It is a fantastic guide to Victorian England. It covers all kinds of cultural and historical information in an interesting and conversational way. You can refer back to it as you look at other sources.
hawra | Student

It is always interesting when you take what you read in a novel and reflect it upon your life or modern day society. I second those who said trace the word "pride" how it evolved and those who said compare and contrast marriage in the 18 century and modern day.

Another interesting theme you might want to consider are "appearance vs. reality" and how characters are judged/criticised in Pride and Prejudice.

Let us know what you decided and how it turns out. :)