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Jane Austen and the Arts

Jane Austen and the Arts

Elegance, Propriety, and Harmony

by Elisabeth Lenckos and Natasha Duquette
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Publication Date: 04/12/2013
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The essays collected in Jane Austen and the Arts; Elegance, Propriety, and Harmony examine Austen's understanding of the arts, her aesthetic philosophy, and her role as artist. Together, they explore Austen's connections with Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Madame de Stael, Joanna Baillie, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, and other writers engaged in debates on the sensuous experience and the intellectual judgment of art. Our contributors look at Austen's engagement with diverse art forms, painting, ballet, drama, poetry, and music, investigating our topic within historically grounded and theoretically nuanced essays. They represent Austen as a writer-thinker reflecting on the nature and practice of artistic creation and considering the social, moral, psychological, and theological functions of art in her fiction. We suggest that Austen knew, modified, and transformed the dominant aesthetic discourses of her era, at times ironically, to her own artistic ends. As a result, a new, and compelling image of Austen emerges, a "portrait of a lady artist" confidently promoting her own distinctly post-enlightenment aesthetic system.
ISBN:
9781611461374
9781611461374
Category:
Literary studies: fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
04-12-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Lehigh University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
282
Dimensions (mm):
238x162x27mm
Weight:
0.56kg

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