Jane Austen is perhaps the most beloved writer of English fiction. She created plots and characters that evoke the people and mores of her time–the early 19th century–but are timeless. Her characters and her plots are often adapted, and even copied, but never bettered. Ever since their publication during the Regency period, her books have sparked debate and exploration of her themes: the struggles between love and security, the ramifications of bad (or good) behavior, and the conflict between tradition and innovation. This presentation by Virginia Newmyer, lavishly illustrated with slides, touches on all the novels, from Sense and Sensibility to Persuasion, and includes glimpses of the treatment of Austen’s works in film and television. Ms. Newmyer lectures frequently both in Washington and Britain for the Smithsonian Institution.
The lecture costs $12 for members of the gallery and $16 for non-members. If you go, send us your review! 🙂