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Jane Austen and Religion: Salvation and Society in Georgian England - Cross Currents in Religion and Culture (Hardback)
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Jane Austen and Religion: Salvation and Society in Georgian England - Cross Currents in Religion and Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 222 Pages / Published: 21/06/2002
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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.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333948088
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm


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