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Jane Austen 200 Dunedin Keynote Talk

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Emerita Professor Jocelyn Harris will be discussing Jane Austen's last completed novel Persuasion in the final and keynote lecture of Jane Austen 200 Dunedin.

In "The Many Faces of Captain Wentworth and the making of Persuasion" Prof Harris will discuss the literary problems Austen dealt with in 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 heros 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.

Date Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Lecture
DepartmentEnglish and Linguistics

Tower Lecture Room G07, College of Education

Contact NameJane Reynolds
Contact Phone64 21 265 5975

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