of the University College London recently delivered three lectures at the
Jane Austen Society
conference in Halifax. In an editorial in The Guardian newspaper
he muses on how we are to teach robots to have finer sensibilities.
Kathleen described the intricacies of the "contradance" and the general workings of the dance. She also went through the baffling assortment of rules, both and unwritten. She finished her discussion with a closer look at some clips of the dances from some of the Jane Austen movies. It was very interesting to have a dancer"s commentary on the dances!
Carole took us through the social history of Jane Austen's times. The "Age of Enlightenment" took place about 70 to 80 years before Jane was born. It essentially propelled England from the medieval to modern way of life, beginning with the Enclosures Act which enclosed farms. This brought about the building of roads and towns. Each town began to develop its own flair and character. This encouraged greater travel to these places by the higher classes. Brighton, for example was transformed from a simple fishing town to a fashionable resort. Gardening, landscaping, and architecture also became far more practiced than previously. In particular, all things gothic were embraced in architecture and novels.
|Jane was a direct product of these changing times. The liberality of her father in encouraging her reading and access to his entire library would previously have been unknown. This broad access to so many different styles and subjects of books no doubt played a vastly important role in Jane's intelligent and witty style.|
We can't wait for Part Two in the fall!
In Winchester, the Bank of England unveiled a new ten pound note honouring Jane Austen.
by Pen Vogler
In Jane Austen's day, tea and cakes were usually served after dinner, or to evening guests, but these rolls, buns, tarts, and biscuits will be equally welcome at breakfast, with mid-morning coffee, or for an English afternoon tea.
by Jane Austen & Courtney Carbone
What if Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy had smartphones and dated IRL (in real life)? A classic is reborn in this clever adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!
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