Greater Chicago Region: "Engaging the Age of Jane Austen"
Austen's enduring relevance
Please join us at our our Winter Meeting for a luncheon and a discussion, "Engaging the Age of Jane Austen." With action figures, Band-aids, films, and more, Jane Austen is more popular than ever, but many people tend to think of her (and by extension her readers and fans) as frivolous or disconnected from the modern world. Responding to this assumption, Danielle Spratt and Bridget Draxler argue for Austen's enduring relevance for 21st-century issues related to race, class, and gender. This presentation will explore the ways that studying Austen can forge connections between diverse communities, and help us claim a stake in public life in ways that make us more actively engaged, thoughtful, and empathetic citizens. Using Emma and Northanger Abbey as particular case studies, Draxler and Spratt offer fresh perspectives on ways these novels are increasingly relevant in our current cultural moment.
This program is open to the public. For more information, and to register, please visit the Region's website.