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Passionate Educations


John Locke, Aphra Behn, and Jane Austen



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Aleksondra Hultquist    Stockton University (US)    

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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.

Language: en

Keywords: Passions. Experience. Knowing. Desire. Uneasiness. Emotion. Feeling. Affect.

Submitted: Nov. 7, 2018
Accepted: Dec. 1, 2018
Published: Dec. 17, 2018

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/EL/2420-823X/2018/05/010

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