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Jane Austen and Religion : Salvation and Society in Georgian England - Michael Giffin

Jane Austen and Religion

Salvation and Society in Georgian England

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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.

'...original and enlightening...' - Laura Mooneyham White, JASNA News

Acknowledgements
The Economy of Salvationp. 1
Northanger Abbeyp. 37
Sense and Sensibilityp. 63
Pride and Prejudicep. 92
Mansfield Parkp. 126
Emmap. 149
Persuasionp. 177
Referencesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9780333948088
ISBN-10: 0333948084
Series: Cross-Currents in Religion and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 21st June 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1