Jane Austen and Reflective Selfhood Rereading the Self

“Jane Austen and Reflective Selfhood is a multi-layered and nuanced analysis that locates Austen within the Enlightenment philosophical tradition shaped by the work of Locke, Hume, and Smith. In a perceptive and timely study, Linda Charlton explores a range of topics – memory, imagination, probabili...

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Main Author: Charlton, Linda
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cham Palgrave Macmillan 2022, 2022
Edition:1st ed. 2022
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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Summary:“Jane Austen and Reflective Selfhood is a multi-layered and nuanced analysis that locates Austen within the Enlightenment philosophical tradition shaped by the work of Locke, Hume, and Smith. In a perceptive and timely study, Linda Charlton explores a range of topics – memory, imagination, probability, sympathy, reflection and reading – to argue that Austen’s use of moral-sense philosophy is foundational to her own style of fiction. The book benefits from Charlton’s meticulous attention to detail and careful research, remaining eminently readable and impeccably argued throughout.” -- Anthony Mandal, Professor of Print and Digital Cultures, Cardiff University, Wales. This book makes connections between selfhood, reading practice and moral judgment which propose fresh insights into Austen’s narrative style and offer new ways of reading her work. It grounds her writing in the Enlightenment philosophy of selfhood, exploring how Austen takes five major components of selfhood theory—memory, imagination, probability, sympathy and reflection—and investigates their relation to self-formation and moral judgement. At the same time, Austen’s narrative style breaks new ground in the representation of consciousness and engages directly with contemporary concerns about reading practice. Drawing analogies between reading text and reading character, the book argues that Austen’s rendering of reading and rereading as both reflective and constitutive acts demonstrates their capacity to enable self-recognition and self-formation. It shows how Austen raises questions about the potential for different readings and, in so doing, challenges her readers to reflect on and reread their own interactions with her texts. Dr. Linda Charlton returned to research after a career spanning the UK’s education, health and civil services. This is her first book. She is currently working on her second
Physical Description:XI, 259 p. 1 illus online resource
ISBN:9783031121609