December 12, 2020
Zoom – Jane Austen Birthday Celebration
Dr. Laura Engel will give her rescheduled presentation from last March: Much Ado About Elizas: Austen’s Juvenilia and the Theater.
Dr. Engel will discuss how clothing, accessories, and theatricality in Austen’s earliest writings juxtapose with the controversies surrounding the private theatricals at Steventon inspired by the arrival of Austen’s dynamic cousin Eliza de Feuillide. At the same time, the famous actress Eliza Farren was directing private theatricals at Richmond House. Placing Austen’s Juvenilia in the context of the theatrical world of the late eighteenth-century, she will highlight the contradictory images of women surrounding Austen in her early teenage years .
A Q&A will follow the talk and then we will break into smaller groups for:
Curio Corner. Please bring a favorite Jane Austen or Regency era item to share on camera. This could be anything from a book, fan, reticule item, china, to a piece of clothing or accessory you have recreated from the period. This idea is drawn from a few of the AGM events which were fun and enlightening.
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You will then receive a link to join the webinar on September 26th.