“ …he made reading useful by talking to her of what she read… ”

Our theme—Contexts, Conventions and Controversies—invites the widest range of commentary about Mansfield Park, arguably Austen’s most complex novel.  Fanny lovers and Fanny haters alike will have ample opportunity to air their views in plenary and Break Out sessions that will explore the social and historical contexts, the literary conventions, and the many controversies of Mansfield Park, the first of Jane Austen’s mature Chawton novels.