Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Jane Austen's philosophy of the virtues / Sarah Emsley.

By: Emsley, Sarah Baxter, 1973-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005Description: x, 202 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 1403969663; 9781403969668.Subject(s): Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Ethics | Women and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century | Didactic fiction, English -- History and criticism | Moral conditions in literature | Virtues in literature | Ethics in literature | Virtue in literatureDDC classification: 823/.7
Contents:
How should I Live My Life? -- The Virtues According to Aristotle, Aquinas, and Austen -- Propriety's Claims on Prudence in Lady Susan and Northanger Abbey -- Sense and Sensibility: 'Know Your Own Happiness' -- Pride and Prejudice and the Beauty of Justice -- Fanny Price and the Contemplative Life -- Learning the Art of Charity in Emma -- Balancing the Virtues in Persuasion -- After Austen.
Review: "Jane Austen's Philosophy of the Virtues examines Austen's novels in relation to her philosophical and religious context, demonstrating that the combination of the classical and theological traditions of the virtues is central to her work. With the exception of the unethical eponymous heroine of Lady Susan, Austen's heroines engage in philosophical contemplation about what constitutes the virtuous life and learn to confront a fundamental ethical question: "How should I live my life?" Instead of defining virtue only in the narrow sense of female sexual virtue, Austen opens up questions about a plurality of virtues. In fresh readings of the six completed novels, plus Lady Susan, Emsley shows how Austen's complex imaginative representations of the tensions among the virtues engage with and expand on classical and Christian ethical thought."--BOOK JACKET.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode
Book University of Texas At Tyler
Stacks - 3rd Floor
PR4038 .E8 E47 2005 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001820190

Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-193) and index.

How should I Live My Life? -- The Virtues According to Aristotle, Aquinas, and Austen -- Propriety's Claims on Prudence in Lady Susan and Northanger Abbey -- Sense and Sensibility: 'Know Your Own Happiness' -- Pride and Prejudice and the Beauty of Justice -- Fanny Price and the Contemplative Life -- Learning the Art of Charity in Emma -- Balancing the Virtues in Persuasion -- After Austen.

"Jane Austen's Philosophy of the Virtues examines Austen's novels in relation to her philosophical and religious context, demonstrating that the combination of the classical and theological traditions of the virtues is central to her work. With the exception of the unethical eponymous heroine of Lady Susan, Austen's heroines engage in philosophical contemplation about what constitutes the virtuous life and learn to confront a fundamental ethical question: "How should I live my life?" Instead of defining virtue only in the narrow sense of female sexual virtue, Austen opens up questions about a plurality of virtues. In fresh readings of the six completed novels, plus Lady Susan, Emsley shows how Austen's complex imaginative representations of the tensions among the virtues engage with and expand on classical and Christian ethical thought."--BOOK JACKET.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

SARAH EMSLEY teaches in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, USA. She received her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University and spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford, UK.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.