Jane Austen at play : self-consciousness, beginnings, endings

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Kuldip Kaur Kuwahara (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
James E. Evans

Abstract: It is because Jane Austen takes her art seriously that she can play. A self-conscious novelist, she delights in playing with reality and illusion, and the conventions of fiction-making. Her ironic perspective on individual consciousness and social interaction explains a lively interest in the comedy of manners. Irony underlines the paradox between her self-consciousness as an artist and her impersonality and control of aesthetic distance. Austen treats art as an expression of what her contemporary, Schiller, termed the "Spieltrieb" or "play drive." Schiller's argument for the need of the "play drive" to unite the "form drive" (associated with man's rational nature) with the "sense drive" (associated with man's sensuous nature) to express the ideal aesthetic experience, provides a useful framework for my study of Austen's playfulness.

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Language: English
Date: 1990
Austen, Jane, $d 1775-1817 $x Criticism and interpretation
Austen, Jane, $d 1775-1817 $x Characters
Austen, Jane, $d 1775-1817. $t Persuasion

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