Special Interest

A History of the Fanny Wars
Linda Troost, Washington & Jefferson College
Sayre Greenfield, University of Pittsburgh at Greenberg
Thursday, October 9, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love Fanny Price?  Hate Fanny Price?  No one is neutral in the Fanny Wars.  Linda and Sayre will look at the reception history of the novel since its publication, reviewing the skirmishes and maneuvers that have taken place over the years, both in print and online.

Teaching Mansfield Park in the Twenty-First Century:
New Contexts, Controversies, and Opportunities
Marcia McClintock Folsom, Wheelock College
Friday, October 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Marcia’s talk introduces a new MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Mansfield Park, co-edited by John Wiltshire and Marcia McClintock Folsom.

Morality, Mobility and Adultery in Jane Austen’s Juvenilia:
Lady Susan and Mansfield Park
Christine Alexander, Emeritus Professor,
University of New South Wales
Friday, October 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Christine will discuss contextual links between the Juvenilia (including Lady Susan) and Mansfield Park, despite the differences between early parody and later moral gravity.  This session will also launch Christine’s new edition of the Penguin volume of Austen’s Juvenilia, Love and Freindship and other Youthful Writings (2014).  A reception will be provided by Penguin Books.

Gilpin, the Picturesque, and Dr. Syntax
Victoria Hinshaw and Kim Wilson, authors
Saturday, October 11, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Vicky and Kim will take us on a visual tour of landscape design, improvements, and the picturesque in Mansfield Park.  With sharp wit and keen intellect, Austen made tart comments on the value of landscape improvements and contrasted Gilpin’s romantic sensibility with the satire of Dr. Syntax.