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In: Disassembling the Celebrity Figure

This chapter uses John Bowlby’s and Mary Ainsworth’s theorizing to argue that Jane Austen had an ambivalent attachment pattern toward her contemporary local celebrity as well as her celebrity status. This was due to her parents, her interaction with the local celebrity class, and her commitment to being an anonymous writer. In her writings, Austen expressed the hope that people of privilege could evolve to become enlightened individuals, leading to the development of new adult attachment patterns.

In: Living in the Limelight: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience