Owen, David Books

David Owen is a lecturer in English Literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He obtained his Ph.D. in English Literature from the same academic institution.

Rethinking Jane Austen’s lady Susan. The Case for Her Failed Epistolary Novella
2010 0-7734-3646-4
A full-length study of Lady Susan. The work refutes the long-accepted, unchallenged critical view of the novella put forward by Austen scholars that largely deems the work to be unsatisfactory and marginal. Eschewing the idea that this novella is stylistically regressive, the study argues that Lady Susan was left unfinished for political and commercial reasons.

Walsh Colville: Or A Young Man’s First Entrance Into Life a Novella by Anna Maria Porter
2015 1-4955-0382-8
This critical edition coincides with the broader critical movement towards promoting a better understanding of the development of British literary fiction through women’s writing, an understanding that breaks free of the old story of ‘canonical writers and grand texts’. It contains an introductory study (biographical, wider historical and literary contexts), a short re-assessment of Porter’s writing and a more fully engaged re-assessment of the literary value of Walsh Colville.