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Passionate Educations

John Locke, Aphra Behn, and Jane Austen

Aleksondra Hultquist    Stockton University (US)    

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abstract

This article connects John Locke’s concept of uneasiness to Aphra Behn’s poem “On Desire: A Pindarick” and Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Behn and Austen offer a corrected reading of Locke’s overtly rationalist ideas. This comparison suggests the importance of passionate engagement as related to knowledge. This article uses a contemporary understanding of the long eighteenth-century passions to argue for how passionate experience and knowing might have occurred through the literary examples of Aphra Behn and Jane Austen.

Published
Dec. 17, 2018
Accepted
Dec. 1, 2018
Submitted
Nov. 7, 2018
Language
EN

Keywords: UneasinessPassionsDesireEmotionAffectExperienceFeelingKnowing

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