“Is love a matter for the head or the heart?
Fanny Price has always felt like an outsider. She was adopted by her uncle as a child and now lives in luxury at Mansfield Park, but doesn’t fit in somehow. Shyer and much sweeter than the glamorous cousins she has grown up with, she feels she can only stand by and watch from the sidelines, never living her own life.
Fanny won’t admit – even to herself – who she really loves, Her uncle conducts the search for a husband as if it were a business deal, and when the time for Fanny to marry comes, will she be handed over on a handshake? Or will she have the strength to make her own mistakes – and finally find true happiness?
9.30am: Registration: Chancellor’s hall, 1st Floor, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU
10.00am: Fiona Stafford, Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, giving the Brian Southam Memorial Lecture entitled ‘In a state of alteration, perhaps of improvement’
11.00am: Coffee break
11.30am: Maggie Lane, Author of Jane Austen’s England, Understanding Austen and the forthcoming Growing Older with Jane Austen, among many other books and articles. Editor of the Jane Austenociety publications. Her talk is entitled ‘Stargazing with Fanny Price’
12.30pm: Lunch break (own arrangements)
2.00pm: David Richardson, Former Academic Secretary at the University of Manchester, currently Hon Development Associate at the University of Cumbria. His talk is ‘A Walk in the Park: A new look at the story of Fanny Price’
3.00pm: Tea break
3.30pm: Dr Bill Hutchings, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester: ‘Acting, action and language in Mansfield Park’
Date and time: 15 February 2014, 09:30 – 17:30
Venue: Chancellor’s Hall (1st Floor, Senate House)
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