Jane Austen and Religion (Innbundet)

Salvation and Society in Georgian England

Serie: Cross-Currents in Religion and Culture 


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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2002
Antall sider: 229
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
Serie: Cross-Currents in Religion and Culture
ISBN/EAN: 9780333948088
Kategori: Språk og Religion, historie og filosofi
Omtale: Jane Austen and Religion
Jane Austen is often thought of as a secular author, because religion seems absent from her novels, because she satirises her clerical characters, and because history and literacy criticism - and the literary sensibility of the twenty-first century reader - is overwhelmingly secular. Michael Giffin offers a reading of Austen's published novels against the background of a 'long eighteenth century' that stretched from the Restoration to the end of the Georgian period. He demonstrates that Austen is a neoclassical author of the Enlightenment who writes through the twin prisms of British Empiricism and Georgian Anglicanism. His focus is on how Austen's novels mirror a belief in natural law and natural order; and how they reflect John Locke's theory of knowledge through reason, revelation and reflection on experience. His reading suggests there is a thread of neoclassical philosophy and theology running through and between each of Austen's novels, which is best understood in its cultural context.

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