Beneath the surface: psychological perception in Jane Austen's narration.

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dc.contributor.advisor Vitanza, Dianna M. Werley, Erin D.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of English. en 2008-05
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that Jane Austen’s novels are more psychologically sophisticated than they have been given credit for and that the psychological depth of her heroines is revealed by Austen’s unique narration. First, I examine episodes in which the characters exhibit behavior that evinces psychological realism. As a basis of comparison, I juxtapose Erik Erikson’s theories of psychosocial developmental stages as evidence of Austen’s intuitive understanding of human behavior. Next, I examine the narratological means by which Austen reveals her characters’ psychological realism. I investigate Austen’s use of subjective phrases and pragmatic signals to reveal the narrator’s presence and her employment of free indirect discourse to reveal her heroines’ psyches. en
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dc.subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Knowledge of -- Psychology. en
dc.subject Psychology in literature. en
dc.subject Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 19th century. en
dc.subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Technique. en
dc.title Beneath the surface: psychological perception in Jane Austen's narration. en
dc.type Thesis en M.A. en
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dc.contributor.department English. en

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