Jane Austen's Body
Posted by Caroline on July 27, 1998 at 11:05:53:
In response to Sense and Sensuality, written by gkb on July 27, 1998 at 01:25:27
] In general, I suppose she viewed the world through the filter of the mind first and the sensory equipment second. She is thought to have been an INTJ on the Myer-Briggs, which means that the Sensing and Perceiving functions were less developed.
Well, I'm trying to leave Myers-Briggs out of this, because it tends to be used as a final answer, not to be questioned. But it is a good point, and one that I'd really like to know - as it has been my feeling and perception ;-) for some time that she wasn't an 'S'.
Yesterday, I discovered that there is a book called Jane Austen and the Body-the picture of health by John Wiltshire, (Cambridge 1992)which deals with this. It was at either the Bookserve or the Barnes and Noble site. The blurb which went with it says that JA didn't think of the mind and body as separate things.That makes a lot of sense, when you think about it...perhaps the eighteenth century had not come up with the idea of the five senses, either.
Which means that the book just might answer both my questions! Dear me, why is it that there are always more boks to read, more things to research than I ever I have time or money for?
And thanks for the examples....you've proved they are there, even if minimally :-)
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