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Immortal Austen: An International Conference


When Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817, her death caused only a very small ripple in literary circles, but two hundred years after her death Austen’s works are showing no signs of dying off. What is it about Austen that still attracts readers? Why are her works still living? Is her continuing popularity caused by her romantic plots or her confident ironic voice? What can Austen’s engagement with her own turbulent world offer us now?

Keynote speakers

 

       

Prof Devoney Looser (Arizona State)

Devoney Looser is Professor of English at Arizona State University. She also goes by ‘Stone Cold Jane Austen’, especially when on roller skates. She is author of Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750 1850 (2008) and British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670 1820 (2000), co-editor of Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (1997) and editor of Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (1995). Her new book, The Making of Jane Austen, will be out in June. Publishers Weekly have named it a 'top 10 pick' in their Essays and Literary Criticism for Spring 2017. Professor Looser will launch the book as part of the Immortal Austen conference opening on Thursday, 13 July, her keynote address will be held on, Friday, 14 July.

Check out the fab book trailer here!

 

Prof Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford)

Kathryn Sutherland is Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow in English, St Anne’s College, Oxford.  Her Austen publications include Jane Austen’s Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood (2005), editions of Mansfield Park (1996), James Edward Austen-Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen (2002), Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts: A Digital Edition (2010), and Jane Austen, Teenage Writings (2017), with Freya Johnston). She is editor of Jane Austen, Writer in the World (2017). Her five volume edition, Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts, will be published from OUP later this year. Her keynote address 'What Sense of an Ending?' will be held on Friday, 14 July.

Please note: this keynote will be delivered via Skype

 

A/Prof Clara Tuite (Melbourne)

Clara Tuite is Associate Professor of English at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and co-editor with Claudia L. Johnson of A Companion to Jane Austen (Blackwell, 2009). Her most recent book is Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was awarded the Elma Dangerfield Prize. Among other projects, she is currently working on 30 Great Myths About Jane Austen (for Wiley-Blackwell), co-authored with Claudia Johnson. Her keynote address will be held at 4pm on Saturday, 15 July.


Special guests

         

Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith is a Melbourne-based writer. Her novels include Prosperous Thief (short-listed for the 2003 Miles Franklin), the acclaimed Reunion and most recently The Memory Trap (4th Estate, 2013), a novel of monuments, marriage and music, awarded the Melbourne Prize in 2015. Her new novel, The Science of Departures, will be published in 2018. Her essays have been published widely both in Australia and overseas.

Jane Austen is one of Andrea Goldsmith’s great and enduring loves. For her, Austen is a writer’s writer, but she is also a life’s companion. The complexities of these relationships will be explored in her public lecture 'Never Leave Home without Her' on Thursday, 13 July.

***REGISTRATIONS NOW CLOSED THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED***

FREE! Register here

 

 

Stephanie Laurens

#1 New York Times Bestselling Australian Romance Author of the Cynster, Bastion Club, Black Cobra Quartet, Casebook of Barnaby Adair Novels - and many more - all tales of masterful men and the women who tame them. Stephanie will present a Creative Writing Workshop on Sunday, 16 July.

Click here to register for this Professional Learning Workshop

 

Professor Geoffrey Lancaster (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts)

Professor Lancaster is an acclaimed soloist, conductor and expert in the historically inspired performance of the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. He currently teaches fortepiano at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, where he holds the position of Research Professor. He will present a guest lecture on 'The pianos of Jane Austen's time' on Sunday, 16 July.

FREE! Register here

Call for Papers (closed)

Conference convenors Gillian Dooley, Amy Matthews and Eric Parisot invited proposals for panels or papers addressing the topic of ‘Immortal Austen’.

Topics to be covered might include the following but may address any relevant aspect of the conference theme:

  • the afterlife of Austen’s work over the last two hundred years
  • the enduring appeal of her characters – their ‘immortality’
  • her posthumous and unfinished works, and the nature of their revival (being published, completed or adapted by others)
  • early and modern constructions of Austen’s fame
  • the continuing significance of Jane Austen's work in twenty-first century literary studies
  • Austen and her works in film, television, derivative fiction and adaptations
  • Austen’s attitude to death and the afterlife
  • Austen’s interest in the literary canon and the survival of texts after their author’s death
  • the continuing appeal of romance and Austen’s place in it
  • Austen and the early nineteenth-century and early twenty-first century worlds
  • the critical reception of Austen today and in her own time
  • Austen’s life and why it interests us today


We also welcomed papers and creative presentations from Creative Arts practitioners.

 

For more information please email immortal.austen@flinders.edu.au


 

 

 

 

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