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Lifelong Learning

Mastering Jane Austen Study Day Event

Image courtesy of Chawton House
09:30 - 16:00
26 January 2019
Avenue Campus, Highfield Rd, Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

In the 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, she has gone from being a moderately successful, anonymous writer to a global literary celebrity. In this study day, we’ll explore the landscapes and literature that informed her novels, and examine how writers and makers have responded to her cultural and literary legacy. There will also be a unique opportunity to meet the team behind Future Learn’s Jane Austen MOOC, and to find out more about the university’s new Jane Austen MA.

Bookings are now closed.


9.30 Registration and coffee.

10:10 Welcome and introduction by Dr Gillian Dow

10:15 Talk by Dr Gillian Dow
Talk title: What Austen Read
Description:  Henry Austen wrote of his sister that ‘her reading was very extensive in history and belles lettres’: appropriate and suitable for the daughter of a clergyman. This talk will focus on works held in the library of another brother, Edward Austen, later Knight, now in the collection at Chawton House. What other “very extensive” reading might she have undertaken in Edward’s library at Godmersham Park?

11:00 Refreshment break.

11:15 Talk by Dr Stephen Bending
Talk title: Where Austen Walked
Description: What does it feel like to walk in a garden? In this talk we’ll explore the physical and imaginative landscapes through which Austen moved, from gardens to hedgerows, from gravel paths to muddy tracks.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Talk by Dr Will May
Talk title: Why Austen Mattered

Description: For British women writers of the twentieth-century, Austen’s legacy was sometimes a difficult one: what Virginia Woolf called the ‘tight plait’ of her writing was hard to escape. This talk explores how writers from Stevie Smith to Barbara Pym found new ways to respond to her prose.

13:45 Refreshment break.

14:00 Talk by Dr Stephanie Jones
Talk title: How Austen Changed

Description: What does it mean to think about Jane Austen’s novels as ‘world literature’?  This talk describes various answers to this question, from Edward Said’s controversial reading of Mansfield Park to the re-worlding of Austen through international films.

14.45 Learning Jane Austen

16:00 Event ends

This panel session will give you a chance to meet tutors on the Future Learn Jane Austen MOOC, and to hear why Jane Austen is the subject of a new postgraduate course.

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