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The Architecture of Space-Time in the Novels of Jane Austen

Authors: Baublyte Kaufmann, Ruta

  • Argues that there are recurrent spatiotemporal patterns and structures in all six of Austen’s major novels which constitute a source of enduring, if unconscious pleasure 
    Uncovers hitherto unnoticed features, such as, the fact that Mr. Woodhouse (Emma) stirs from home only twice during the narrative, on Christmas Eve and on Midsummer Eve, thus exhibiting a regular, if very slow rhythm of ‘every solstice' 
    Draws on a broad range of Austen's work

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About this book

This book argues that there are recurrent spatiotemporal patterns and structures in six Jane Austen novels which constitute a source of enduring, if unconscious, pleasure. More precisely, the book contends that there are overlapping natural and cultural cycles which co-exist in a constantly transmuting space-time and which are counterpointed with the linearity of pivotal events that drive the plot forwards. This work examines the psychological relations to these space-time patterns of the characters, principally the heroines, focusing on the transformations of their emotional states which prompt linear leaps.

About the authors

Ruta Baublyté Kaufmann was born in Lithuania. After a short career in contemporary dance and choreography, she studied Lithuanian, French and English literature in Universities of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Neuchatel, Switzerland. She completed her PhD in English literature from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 2017. She now teaches EFL in Switzerland and continues her research.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Baublyté Kaufmann, Ruta

    Pages 1-17

  • Changing Seasons: The Cyclical and the Linear

    Baublyté Kaufmann, Ruta

    Pages 19-79

  • Changing Homes: Transformations in Space and Time

    Baublyté Kaufmann, Ruta

    Pages 81-131

  • Spatiotemporal Movement and Psychological Change: Walking and Dancing

    Baublyté Kaufmann, Ruta

    Pages 133-171

  • Conclusion

    Baublyté Kaufmann, Ruta

    Pages 173-175

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90011-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90010-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Architecture of Space-Time in the Novels of Jane Austen
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90011-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90011-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90010-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 180
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Topics