Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
British State RomanticismAuthorship, Agency, and Bureaucratic Nationalism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anne Frey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762281

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762281.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 20 October 2019

A Nation Without Nationalism

A Nation Without Nationalism

The Reorganization of Feeling in Austen's Persuasion

Chapter:
(p.116) Four A Nation Without Nationalism
Source:
British State Romanticism
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762281.003.0005

This chapter argues that Jane Austen's Persuasion demonstrates one rather paradoxical way in which women can become members of state professional organizations: by joining the profession of their husbands. Professions such as the navy also model for Austen a form of community and national identity that does not rely on notions of landed property or inheritance from one's forbearers. In contrast to the strategies depicted in much current historical work on British nationalism, Austen sharply differentiates an “English” identity, defined through landed inheritance, from a “British” identity, which promises to replace it and to better position individuals in ethical relationships to one another. For Austen this Britishness must be administered to the populace through administrative agencies exemplified by the navy and is felt only in a moment that restructures the Romantic sublime, when individuals become aware of the sacrifice which the nation demands from the professionals who serve it.

Keywords:   state professional organizations, national identity, navy, English identity

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.