So what you are saying is.....
Posted by Caroline on August 11, 1998 at 21:20:15:
In response to The existence of the idea of the unconscious in Jane Austen's time. , written by Susanna on August 11, 1998 at 20:43:03
That in Jane Austen's time, the idea that the unconscious mind existed was quite a popular one, that she might have been playing around with this idea whilst writing P&P. That's an interesting thought.
However, before we actually take it any further, I'd like to try and clarify something.What did Jane Austen mean by 'unconscious'? Did she just mean that when Louisa Musgrove knocked herself out on the steps at Lyme , her body still functioned? Did she mean that some parts of the brain act upon the body when we are not aware of it ( as in dreaming, perhaps?).Or did she mean that the brain sometimes makes you do something without you realising that you are being told to do it, and without the conscious brain controlling it(as in an adrenalin rush?). I'd love to know.
Also, the word bandied about on the P&p board hasn't been 'unconscious' but 'subconscious'. Are we to assume that they are one and the same thing, and from JA's point of view, either word will do?
- You'd love to know... So would I. Susanna 23:02:57 8/11/98 (3)
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