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Jane Austen Society

Annual Study Day : Saturday 9 February 2019

Reading Jane Austen

Venue: The Woburn Suite, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.


9 - 10.00 am


     10.00 am

Lecture by Professor Peter Sabor, Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies, McGill University, Montreal.

Title: 'Reading with Austen at Godmersham Park'

Presentation of the newly-created Godmersham Park Library website, Reading with Austen: why and how it was created and what can be done with it.

     11.00 am


     11.30 am

The Brian Southam Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Dr Katie Halsey, Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Stirling.

Title: 'Picturing the Reader in Jane Austen's Novels'

Representations and illustrations of readers in Jane Austen's novels, and the relationships between the two.

     12.30 pm


       2.00 pm

Lecture by Professor Richard Cronin, Professor Emeritus, University of Glasgow.

Title: 'Reading with Jane Austen and Jane Austen Reading'

Jane Austen as writer and reader.

       3.00 pm


       3.30 pm

Lecture by Dr Nicola Trott, Senior Tutor and Tutor for Graduates, Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Title: 'Critical Responses: Reception and Perception of the Novels'

       4.30 pm


Entry to the venue on the day will be from 9.00 am. Talks begin at 10.00 am and will finish at 4.30 pm. Coffee will be served in the morning, and tea in the afternoon. Lunch is at own provision; either a packed lunch or in several restaurants nearby.

Registration fees for non-Society members will be 35, Society members 25, students and un-waged 15. To obtain the Society rate, members MUST provide their membership number on the form.

Registration is open NOW. Note that Senate House is now operating a paperless registration policy only, which means that registration and payment may only be made on-line. The application form can be accessed and completed with credit and debit card details via the following link:

Should accessing or completing the form on-line, or making payment on-line by credit or debit card, cause any member any problem, please contact the Hon Secretary either via e-mail at or telephone 01273 494210 or mobile 07855 159207. Please leave a message with your name and telephone number if there is no immediate answer, and your call will be returned.

If you intend to register at a later date, please make a note in your diary as there will be no opportunity for further postal reminders of the event.