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Jane Austen and the Dialectic of Misrecognition

by Wing-chi Ki (Author)
©2005 Thesis 344 Pages

Summary

The objective of this book is to present a dialectical framework within which to reread Jane Austen’s novels and to counter the critical dichotomy between a ‘conservative’ Jane (proposed by the containment school of critics) and a ‘radical’ Austen (proposed by the subversive school of critics). It aims at providing a framework that is flexible enough to explain why the two schools are inadequate, but rigorous enough to shed new light on Austen’s complex vision of epistemological enlightenment – namely, her insistence on the ‘positive recognition’, the ‘negative cognition’, and the ‘cynical misrecognition’ as essential moments in the development of the subject. The author argues that Austen’s ‘dialectics of recognition’ point neither towards docile conformism nor revolutionary struggle, but an on-going spirit of critique in the midst of misrecognition.

Details

Pages
344
Year
2005
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631531938
Language
English
Keywords
Roman Individuum (Motiv) Gesellschaft (Motiv) Identität (Motiv) Lacan, Jacques Ideologie Erkennen Philosophie Psychoanalyse Austen, Jane Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 343 pp.

Biographical notes

Wing-chi Ki (Author)

The Author: Wing-chi Ki is Assistant Professor of English Literature at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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