Michael Giffin offers a reading of Austen's six published novels against the background of a "long 18th century" that stretched from the Restoration to the Regency. He demonstrates that Austen is a neo-classical author of the Enlightenment who writes through the twin prisms of British empiricism and Georgian Anglicanism. Giffin's focus is on how Austen's novels mirror a belief in natural law and natural order and how they reflect John Locke's theory of knowledge through reason, revelation and reflection on experience.
MICHAEL GIFFIN is postgraduate course author and supervisor in Literature and Theology at the Sydney College of Divinity. As an author he has published three books of literary criticism as well as several journal articles in Literature and Theology. As an Anglican priest Michael has ministered in parishes, psychiatric hospitals, aged care facilities, hospices, universities and schools and is currently licensed to officiate as a priest within the Diocese of Sydney.