In this study I have shown the complexity of the spatiotemporal architectures in Austen’s novels. The chapters look at different ways the novels structure space/time in relation to the protagonists and their psychological development. First, I pointed out how natural cycles of the changing seasons and of human life merge with cultural cycles of the liturgical and agricultural calendar, social seasons, and everyday rituals. Linear events emerge at pivotal points during the year, and move characters from one life stage onto another making them start a new cycle. Second, I have shown how the heroines accomplish their psychological and physical journeys through the four types of life spaces connected to the stages of their psychological development: childhood, temporary, dream, and adult homes. All the novels convey the idea that home is represented by affective bonds more than by a particular house. Finally, I have analysed spatiotemporal patterns and rhythms expressed through the physical and psychological movement that is walking and dancing. As well as a physical exercise and means for privacy, walking offers space/time for solitary reflection and the calming of agitated emotions. Dancing, on the other hand, often generates strong emotions ranging from joy and happiness to frustration and disappointment.
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