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Literackie (kraj)obrazy Jane Austen a angielska estetyka malowniczości
The Literary Landscapes of Jane Austen versus English Aesthetics of Picturesqueness

Author(s): Sylwia Borowska-Kazimiruk
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Fiction, Studies of Literature, Novel, British Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Jane Austen; landscape; Gilpin; picturesque; Mitchell; Sense and Sensibility

Summary/Abstract: The main inspiration for the article dedicated to aesthetics of picturesqueness in Jane Austen’s novels is W. J. T. Mitchell’s Introduction in Landscape and Power, where he defines a landscape not as a noun, but as a verb. In this context, this term becomes a cultural medium, by which the new political and social meanings of the epoch are transmitted and sanctioned. Selected parts of Austen’s works, in which long descriptions of nature have been replaced by dialogues about a landscape as an artistic, picturesque object, will allow to describe the consequences of the reconceptualization of the nature within English theory of aesthetics.

  • Issue Year: 465/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 63-76
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish