Hampshire village to host talks commemorating controversial Austen novel

The village of Chawton is where Mansfield Park was written by Jane Austen.

The village of Chawton is where Mansfield Park was written by Jane Austen.

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE HAMPSHIRE village that saw the creation of one of the most celebrated novels of the Austen era is to host a series of talks.

Gillian Dow, of the University of Southampton, will introduce four internationally renowned speakers to mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with a symposium at Chawton House Library.

The talks will take place in the very village the novel was written in.

On Saturday, March 8, between 10am-4pm, four speakers will take to the floor to talk about the controversial works to mark the occasion.

Katie Halsey, of the University of Stirling, talks about Mansfield Park: Then and Now; Deidre Shaun Lynch, of the University of Toronto, discusses Quoting Fanny: On Editing Mansfield Park; Anthony Mandal, of Cardiff University talks about 1814: A Bad Year for the Novel and Mary Ann O’Farrell, of Texas A&M University, finalises with The Arbitrary in Austen.

Tickets cost £40, including lunch and refreshments and concessions are available for students at a price of £33.

For more information please visit eventbrite.co.uk/e/mansfield-park-at-chawton-house-registration-8970181053.

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