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Jane Austen 200 Dunedin Keynote Lecture


Tue 17 Oct 2017, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: University of Otago College of Education, 145 Union Street East, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free


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Jane Austen 200 Dunedin commemorates 200 years since the death of England's best-loved novelist.

In the sixth, the last talk in this series Emerita Professor Jocelyn Harris will discuss Jane Austen's last completed novel Persuasion.

In "The Many Faces of Captain Wentworth and the making of Persuasion" Prof Harris will discuss the literary problems Austen dealt within writing the hero of the novel Captain Frederick Wentworth.

Although Austen always denied she portrayed real people in her novels, she drew on numerous real people for her creation of Captain Wentworth, including her sailor brothers Frank and Charles, Lord Nelson and Captain Cook and even Byron. Captain Wentworth is quite different from her other heroes in that he is a self-made man who has made his fortune by hard work and talent, rather than inheritance.

Persuasion was published six months after Austen's death and is often thought to be her most lyrical and romantic novel.

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