Religion, politics and sex : matters of decorum in Jane Austen. Taylor, Patricia en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US 2014-06-20T17:54:19Z 2014-06-20T17:54:19Z 1988 en_US
dc.description.abstract Jane Austen (1775-1817) lived in and wrote about a world much different than the world we know today. In Austen's tiny middle-class universe, many actions were considered decorous or indecorous. It was an age of deportment, and one's manners were seen to reflect one's morals. Like the early eighteenth-century writer Samuel Johnson, Austen was concerned with how people ought to behave; her mind and her art clung to the tradition of didacticism. en_US
dc.description.abstract Anyone familiar with the novels of Austen knows that her treatment of such subjects as religion, politics, and sex is unlike that of some contemporary and most successive novelists. She avoids religious debate and the particulars of Christian doctrine; she gives no representation of sexual passion at its feverish height; and she conspicuously avoids political controversy. en_US
dc.description.abstract Critics sometimes condemn Austen's omissions of explicit discussions of religion, politics, and sex, blaming these omissions on ignorance of or distaste for the themes. The requirements of art are different from the requirements of life, and writers frequently write about what they are good at writing about, given their choice of genre and mode, and not necessarily about what they are most interested in. If Austen's talent or literary disposition was suited to didacticism, she finds clever and efficient ways to display her art. Austen, through narrative technique, inwardness of the action, and witty use of irony and implication creates effects that require no explicit discussion of religion, politics, and sex. en_US D.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, English en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Religion, politics and sex : matters of decorum in Jane Austen. en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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