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The Amorous Effect of Brass In Jane Austen's Novels


Sat 29 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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In his ‘Letter to Lord Byron’ WH Auden wrote about the poet’s contemporary, Jane Austen: ‘You could not shock her more than she shocks me’, because she wrote about ‘the amorous effect of “brass”’. He advises the notorious Romantic poet, now in heaven, to ‘tell Jane Austen how much her novels are beloved down here’.

This course explores Jane Austen’s writing, probing the tensions and connections between property, propriety and love. It is also a celebration of her novels, which, in Auden’s words, ‘reveal so frankly and with such sobriety 'The economic basis of society’.

You will discover more about Austen’s portrayal of bodies and minds in pursuit (and avoidance) of each other, of bad parents and long-suffering children, of triumphant hearts and scheming minds.

Please note, we will focus on the written word: you’ve seen the film and television adaptations, now read the novels!

Heidi Thomson has been teaching Romantic literature at Victoria University since 1990. She is Director of the English Programme at Victoria University and President of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia. She has published widely on British Romanticism, most recently the book Coleridge and the Romantic Newspaper (Palgrave, 2016).

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