With special reference to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, a satire of the Gothic novels popular at the time of its writing (1798-9), Emma Clery presents a radically new vision of Jane Austen, revealing how her works were shaped by an acute awareness of the economic scandals, crises and speculation that marked the Regency era.
‘masterful and scholarly interpretation of Austen’s family dynamics, political links, and financial successes and failures provides an interesting and fresh approach to the study of this illustrious novelist’s life and legacy’ New York Journal of Books
E. J. Clery is Professor of Eighteenth Century Literature at the University of Southampton and also works at the Centre for Early Women’s Writing at Chawton Great House. She frequently appears on UK radio and TV talking about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, literary history and the cultural history of economics. Her five books include the bestselling The Rise of Supernatural Fiction. She lives close to Winchester Cathedral where Jane Austen is buried.
This afternoon’s events are sponsored by The Bantam Tearooms in the High Street