Principle and Propensity: Experience and Religion in the Nineteenth-Century British and American Bildungsroman

Principle and Propensity: Experience and Religion in the Nineteenth-Century British and American Bildungsroman

by Kelsey L. Bennett

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ISBN-13: 9781611173642
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author


Kelsey L. Bennett's articles and essays have appeared in Brontë Studies, New Criterion, Colorado Review, Notes on Contemporary Literature, and elsewhere. Bennett lives in Gunnison, Colorado, and serves on the English faculty at Western State Colorado University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Part I

1 John Wesley's Formative "Spiritual Empiricism" 23

2 The Paradox of Experience in Jonathan Edwards 31

3 Pietism and the "Free Movement" of Self-Cultivation: Synthesis and Transformation in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship 43

Part II

4 "To enjoy my own faculties as well as to cultivate those of other people": The Affective Bildung of Jane Eyre 67

5 "Faith in the immanence of spirit": Arminian Self-Formation in David Copperfield 84

6 Pierre, or Melville's Anarchic Calvinist Bildungsroman 101

7 "An impulse more tender and more purely expectant": The Ardent Good Faith of Isabel Archer 120

Coda: An Old Cornucopia 141

Notes 147

Works Cited 171

Index 187

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