Spatiotemporal Movement and Psychological Change: Walking and Dancing

  • Ruta Baublyté Kaufmann


In this chapter, I examine the patterns of walking and dancing in the novels. I look at walking as a physical, emotional, and social act touching deep layers of characters’ consciousness. I deal mainly with three heroines: Elizabeth Bennet, who is the most physical walker, Marianne Dashwood, who is the most emotional, and Emma Woodhouse, who is the best example of a social walker. Dancing, on the other hand, often generates strong and contradictory emotions ranging from joy and happiness to frustration and disappointment, thus making it a more problematic and tense experience than walking. I look at the emotional implications and the physical aspect of dancing, as well as the spatiotemporal specificity of the ballroom as a living space. In addition, I analyse the place of dance within different cyclical structures of human life and its impact on linear events.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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