|Keynote Speaker, Dr. Janet Todd, Head of the Centre for The Novel at the University of Aberdeen is an internationally renowned author and distinguished critic of early women writers who recently joined the University's School of Language & Literature as the Herbert J. C.
Grierson Professor of English Literature. Closer to "home," Professor Todd is the General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, a new 9-volume edition. Her Jane Austen in
Context, part of the Cambridge Edition, is already out.
Professor Todd is the author of more than 15 works of non-fiction,
including biographies of Aphra Behn (1996), Mary Wollstonecraft (2000), and Wollstonecraft's Irish pupils Margaret and Mary King,
in Daughters of Ireland (2003). Her earlier books such as Jane Austen: New Perspectives (ed., 1983), Sensibility: An Introduction
and The Sign of Angellica: Women, Writing and Fiction, 1660 - 1800
(1989) are on the "must-read" list for the study of 18th-century English literature. Those who attended Janet's session at the
Winchester AGM in 2003 came back with glowing reports. We are looking
forward to Professor Todd's Keynote speech, "The Anxiety of Emma."