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Anne Rowe – ‘Jane Austen: Not at Home?’
To mark the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, Anne Rowe will explore why her novels are still read, studied and continually adapted for film and television. The exemplary design of Austen’s plots, presented with with and humour, alongside her incisive assessment of the society and morals of her time, have made her novels an essential component of any serious study of English literature. However, since the middle of the twentieth century, the underlying implications of her acerbic wit have been questioned. Was Jane Austen a staunch upholder of the status quo of her time, or a covert revolutionary? Anne Rowe assesses the evidence, paying particular attention to Sense and Sensibility.