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Lifelong Learning

Sense and Sensibility Study Day Event

Jane Austen
10:00 - 16:00
11 June 2011
Avenue Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

We will be holding a one-day cultural event in June consisting of a series of short talks led by experts from within the English department at the University of Southampton. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion on topics ranging from Austen’s literary career to recent adaptations of Sense and Sensibility.

This year marks the bicentenary of the publication of Austen's novel. These talks will present the opportunity to learn more about it, and Austen herself, as well as considering the wider cultural context and impact of both.  Sense and Sensibility was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be published. She began to write it sometime around 1797, and revised several times before its publication in 1811. The title page announced that it was written "By a Lady"; only her immediate family knew that Jane Austen was the author.


10.00-10.20         Meet over coffee

10.20-11.20         Professor Emma Clery  'Jane Austen Enters the Literary Marketplace' .  

An assessment of Austen's publishing career and the mode of publication of Sense and Sensibility in particular, with some general comments about the novel market at the time and Austen's own attitudes to commerce.

11.20-12.20         Dr Gillian Dow  ‘Jane Austen, Marianne, and the French Tradition'.

A discussion of Jane Austen's impetuous heroine Marianne, her French roots, and the French translation of Sense and Sensibility, published in 1815.  

12.20-13.20         Lunch

13.20-14.20         Dr Stephen Bygrave  'Sentiment, Sensibility (and why they're different for girls)'.

In the 1740s the novelist Samuel Richardson asked the meaning of the term 'sensibility' that he was hearing everywhere. The term was used and debated by medics and other scientists as well as by writers of fiction and philosophy over decades. In this session we will look at some examples of sentiment, sense and 'sensibility', examining the terms and their gender implications in novels of the period.

14.20-14.40         Coffee

14.40-15.40         Dr Shelley Cobb Sense and Sensibility on Screen'.

How important is the screenwriter to the success of a screen adaptation?  This discussion will look at Emma Thompson's 1995 film adaptation and Andrew Davies 2008 television adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the ways that sex and money are central to each writer's success as an adapter of Austen's first published novel.

15.40-16.00         Open Discussion

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