The Constitution of Animation, Stillness, and Space in Mansfield Park
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Using a phenomenological mode of analysis, the essay proposes that two main types of felt space serve to constitute animation and stillness in Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park. Space is organized in the style of immanence or in the style of representation, the latter being a second-order constitution-style that involves an inner or outer staging of feeling in the milieu of social, paternal, or erotic approval. At a more basic level than that, the heroine allows herself to undergo feeling as something that animates space without succumbing to prefabricated space-styles that involve the normative process of making emotion picturesque. The distinction discussed is analytically accessed by phenomenological life-models developed by Edmund Husserl, and applied to the sphere of feeling in innovative ways by the French phenomenologist Michel Henry. The essay gives admittance to ways of understanding the heroine’s retreat from normative behaviour as something other than a culturally conditioned phenomenon that could be understood by means of socio-historical modes of inquiry.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 26 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-71979DiVA: diva2:487722
Fawkner, Harald, Professor
Helfer Wajngot, Marion, Associate Professor