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Author Tarpley, Joyce Kerr.

Title Constancy & the ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park [electronic resource] / Joyce Kerr Tarpley.

Imprint Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, ©2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 288 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-269) and index.
Contents Reading Austen's ethics -- Constancy: a definition -- Constancy and education -- Constancy, education, and leisure: an interlude -- The practice of constancy -- Constancy, love, and beauty -- Constancy, nature, and beauty -- Constancy and the pursuit of truth -- Constancy, narrative style, and truth -- Reading Austen's ends.
Summary "What grounds our ethical choices in a modern world of competing versions of virtue and conflicting ideas of law? Constancy, Jane Austen's cardinal virtue, provides a foundation for making such choices. Constancy and the Ethics of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" offers a rigorous philosophical examination of the novel, the first book-length, close reading to do so." "Joyce Kerr Tarpley begins with an introduction that provides a background for reading Austen's ethics, noting her genius for synthesis, in particular her synthesis of ethical contexts. The book brings together classical thinkers (Plato and Aristotle) with Christian (Augustine, Aquinas, and Dante), and modern (Shaftesbury, Locke, and Adam Smith). While acknowledging these influences, Tarpley argues that constancy relies primarily on a Christian philosophical framework. She defines constancy and delineates its role in guiding ethical thinking." "Relying on textual evidence from the novel and focusing on Austen's heroine, Fanny Price, the first half of the book contrasts the Christian liberal education that fosters the development and practice of constancy with its secular utilitarian counterpart, which impedes its development and practice. The second half considers the two most important subjects for Christian liberal learning, beauty and truth. Tarpley delineates the dual role of constancy--moral and intellectual--to guide the heart's pursuit of beauty and the mind's pursuit of truth. Her argument contributes to the ongoing debate on the philosophy of literature, religion, ethics, and emotion."--Jacket.
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Subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Mansfield Park.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Ethics.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Mansfield Park -- Ethics.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Ethics.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
Constancy in literature.
Ethics in literature.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Constancy and the ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
Other Form: Print version: Tarpley, Joyce Kerr. Constancy & the ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, ©2010 9780813217901 (DLC) 2010018860 (OCoLC)613646411
ISBN 9780813218977 (electronic bk.)
0813218977 (electronic bk.)