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Evening Talk:  What is a Literary Coterie and Why Does it Matter

Professor Betty Schellenberg (Simon Fraser University)
Thursday 18th May 2017 at Chawton House Library

6.30pm drinks reception for 7.00pm talk.

It has often been assumed that manuscript-circulating coterie groups disappeared under the tidal wave of print materials that flooded eighteenth-century Britain. In fact, recent arguments have questioned whether “the coterie” is a meaningful concept at all. To challenge these generalizations, Professor Betty Schellenberg will tell the stories of several widely divergent literary coteries that flourished in the middle of the eighteenth century – whether centred in a country house, a suburban grotto, an ornamental farm, a London mansion, or the virtual space of handwritten letters. The distinctive characteristics of these tight-knit networks in fact gave rise to some of the most “modern” features of eighteenth-century print publication.

Betty Schellenberg is a Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. Her interest in the relationship between literature circulating in script and print publications informs her most recent book on coteries. Other publications include The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2005), and Reconsidering the Bluestockings (2003, co-edited with Nicole Pohl).  

Tickets: £11; Students / Friends £8.50 (includes drinks and canapés)

To book call 01420 541010


Hollywood Jane Austen

Evening talk: Comic Muse: How Jane Austen loved the theatre and why she works in Hollywood

Dr Paula Byrne, author of the most recent biography of Jane Austen, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things (2013) will explore Austen’s lifelong love of the theatre, and her continuing popularity on stage and screen today.

Wednesday 21st June 2017 at Chawton House Library

Her first book was Jane Austen and the Theatre (2002), and since then she has published bestselling biographies of Austen (2013), Evelyn Waugh (2009), and Mary Robinson (2005), and the tie-in book to the award-winning movie, Belle, the true story of the daughter of a slave who was brought up by the Lord Chief Justice of England in the years leading up to Abolition.  

Tickets: £11; Students / Friends £8.50 (includes drinks and canapés)  

To book, call 01420 541010






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