David Kolb

Jane Austen meets the GPS: Place and Space

Publication: Kolb, David (2016) “Jane Austen meets the GPS: Place and Space,” Sophia and Philosophia: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1 , Article 3.

When one reads Jane Austen’s novels, one finds that her heroines’ lives center around a beloved and comfortable home, in a local region including a small town, some neighboring estates, and local hills and valleys. It is a detailed and textured home area of nearby places reachable on foot or horse. One to three miles are walkable to a friend’s house or a favorite scenic hill. Beyond this region is no longer “home.” Fifteen or twenty-five miles can be distant.

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