Changing Homes: Transformations in Space and Time

  • Ruta Baublyté Kaufmann


Austen’s novels are structured around permanent or temporary home spaces. During the narrative, characters move from one life space to another—passages that are sometimes marked by various thresholds and connecting spaces such as windows and doors—and these trajectories are related to social and psychological transformations. In Chap.  3 I look at these life spaces in the novels. I examine the characters’ psychological relations to different houses/homes and their development through time. I distinguish four types of homes, which sometimes overlap: childhood/original homes, temporary homes, dream homes, and independent adult homes. These different types of homes reveal different psychological phases of the characters that change with time: most of the heroines grow out of their childhood homes, produce images of their dream homes in their heads while lingering in temporary home spaces, until they are able finally, to found their mature adult homes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruta Baublyté Kaufmann
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  1. 1.Haute Ecole Arc IngénierieNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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