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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?

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Prof Devoney Looser (Arizona State)
  • Prof Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford)
  • A/Prof Clara Tuite (Melbourne)

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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