Dr Anne Toner, Trinity



Research Interests

My research focuses on literary style, mainly in eighteenth and nineteenth-century fiction and I am especially interested in the depiction of speech and thought in novels of this period. I have worked on Jane Austen's writing in this regard and my current research is concerned with the presentation of dialogue in eighteenth-century fiction. I have an ongoing interest in the punctuation of literary works, typography, and the history of the book.

Selected Publications


Jane Austen's Style: Narrative Economy and the Novel's Growth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Edited Collections

(co-ed.), special issue of Persuasions On-Line, 38, 2 (Spring, 2018), on Sanditon: 200 Years, ed. Susan Allen Ford and Anne Toner

(ed.), Visible Language, Special Issue: "Punctuation", ed. Anne Toner, 45, 1/2 (2011)

(co-ed.), Mar(k)ing the Text: The Presentation of Meaning on the Literary Page, ed. Joe Bray, Miriam Handley and Anne C. Henry (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000)

 Selected Articles and Chapters in Books

"Jane Austen Jotting: The Manuscript of Sanditon and the Question of Style", in special issue of Persuasions On-Line, 38, 2 (Spring, 2018), ed. Susan Allen Ford and Anne Toner

"Free Speech: Jane Austen, Robert Bage, and the Subversive Shapes of Dialogue", Textus: English Studies in Italy, 3 (2017), pp. 167-188. Special issue ed. Serena Baiesi, Carlotta Farese and Katie Halsey

"Apophatic Austen: Speaking about Silence in Austen's Fiction", XVII-XVIII, Revue de la Société d'études anglo-américaines des XVII et XVIII siècles, 73 (2016)

"Landscape as Literary Criticism: Jane Austen, Anna Barbauld and the Narratological Application of the Picturesque", Critical Survey, Special Issue: "Jane Austen", 26, 1 (2014), 3-19

""A 'Said He' or a 'Said She'": Speech Attribution in Austen's Fiction", Persuasions 34 (2012), 140-149

"Anna Barbauld on Fictional Form in The British Novelists (1810)", Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Special issue: "Form and Formalism in the British Eighteenth-Century Novel", ed. John Richetti, 24, 2 (Winter 2011-12), 171-193

"Seeing Punctuation", in Visible Language, Special Issue: "Punctuation" 45, 1/2 (2011), 7-18

"Jane Austen, Frances Sheridan, and the Ha-Ha: A new affiliation for Mansfield Park"Persuasions 32 (2010), 224-231

[Anne C. Henry], "Tragedy and the Sign of the Eclipse", in Tragedy in Transition, ed. by Sarah Annes Brown and Catherine Silverstone (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), pp. 78-102

[Anne C. Henry], "Blank Emblems: The Vacant Page, the Interleaved Book and the Eighteenth-Century Novel", Word and Image 22.4, 2006, 363-71