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Celebrating the Jane Austen Bicentennial

A series of fortunate events in honor of the 200th anniversary of her death
October 18, 2017

“Jane Austen is my favorite author,” J. K. Rowling once noted. “I’ve read all her books so many times I’ve lost count.” The author of the Harry Potter books is, of course, far from alone in her admiration. Two hundred years after Austen’s death, the English department presents a series of performances and talks honoring the woman held up by writers from Sir Walter Scott to Henry James as the greatest novelist in the English language. All events are free and open to the public. For disabilities accommodations, email Terri Sutton at or call 612-626-1528.

Monday, September 25: "Performing Jane"
Watch your favorite scenes from Austen’s fiction, presented by local professional actors! Short selections from all six of Austen’s major novels, from her first, Northanger Abbey (1803), to her last, Persuasion (1817). 7 pm, Lind Hall, room 207A. [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]

Friday, October 13: "Austen's Letters"
Join Jenny Davidson, an English professor at Columbia University, in a discussion of Austen’s missives—real life and fictional. Davidson publishes Reading Jane Austen (Cambridge University Press) in October, her fourth scholarly work. She has also published four novels, most recently The Magic Circle. 4 pm, Lind Hall, room 207A. [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]

Tuesday, November 14: "Austen Minis"
Hear the best new work about Austen and her fiction via brief talks by Professors of English Elaine Auyoung, Brian Goldberg, and Amit Yahav, who all teach 18th- and 19th-century English literature and the novel. 7 pm, Lind Hall, room 207A. [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]

Wednesday, December 13: "Celebrating Jane"
A tribute to Jane Austen’s continuing cultural significance into the 21st century. Party like it’s 1817 with Austen-related games of trivia, murder mystery, and whist; plus music, a short talk, and refreshments. 7 pm, Coffman Union, President’s Room. [Closest parking: East River Road Garage] Co-sponsored by the department's 18th & 19th Century Subfield and the TCF Bank Sponsorship Assistance Fund.

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