Jamie is a writer, teacher and counselor out of Washington. Her BA in English Lit allowed her to peruse her passion of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian literature. With graduate work in Education and an MA candidate in Professional Counseling, Jamie seeks to find new ways of exploring, teaching, and applying literature to our daily lives. In her search to explore the human condition, Jamie writes fiction, poetry, literary criticism, articles and an advice column. She lives with her partner and cats in Puyallup.
The Biogeography of Mansfield Parkby Jamie Freeman
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Jane Austen prided herself on being an astute observer, and her letters are riddled with a shrewd understanding of character and place. She would have liked the field of biogeography, which scientists described as "…the science that attempts to document and understand spatial patterns of biodiversity. It is the study of distributions of organisms, both past and present, and of related patterns of variation over the earth in the numbers and kinds of living things….(Brown)". Although the field of biogeography was just emerging in the scientific community of Austen’s time, the way she weaves together the lives of her characters into the spaces they inhabit is important and relevant. In this essay, we explore Mansfield Park and the character species that inhabit it.
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