Jane Austen Society Study Day 2015


Saturday, 14 February 2015, Woburn Suite, Senate House


  • £35 Standard 
  • £25 Jane Austen Society Members/unwaged/retirees
  • £15 Students


09.30- 10.00:


10.00 -11.00:

Dr Christine Kenyon Jones – Fellow in the Research Department at King’s College, London. 

Dr Kenyon-Jones’ has written well over 30 books, including Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing (2001) and Byron: The Image of a Poet (2008).  Her 2010 essay on Austen, Dido Belle, and the Mansfield family was published in the online journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America and her detailed study of Austen and Byron as fellow John Murray authors will also be published there shortly.

“Miss Austen and Byron”

11.00 -11.30: COFFEE
11.30 -12.30:

Dr Jane Darcy – Teaching Fellow, University College, London

Dr Darcy’s specialist interests are in the literature and culture of 18th and 19th century.  She has written on melancholy and, among other projects, has been researching the phenomenon of the Isle of Wight as a mecca for authors and artists throughout this period.  As Emma is a contemporaneous novel, Dr Darcy explores what was  happening at that time in both the real and Jane Austen’s fictional world. 

“Emma” in Context”

12.30 -14.00:

LUNCH (own arrangements)

14.00 -15.00:

The Brian Southam Memorial Lecture

Dr Cheryl Kinney  MD - Faculty, American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Dr Kinney practices in obstetrics and gynaecology in Dallas, Texas, and is listed in the top 1% all such practitioners in the US.   She is a member of several advisory Boards in the US Health and Education sector, and is on the national Board of the Jane Austen Society of North America.  She lectures widely in the north American continent and in the UK on women’s health in the novels of both Jane Austen and other 18th and 19th century authors.   Here she explores how illnesses are used in Emma to reveal social and economic nuances.

“Illnesses and Invalids in “Emma”

15.00-15.30: COFFEE
15.30 -16.30:

Maggie Lane – Author; Editor, Jane Austen Society

Over the years, Maggie Lane has written some 30 books; a few running into several editions; most of them specialising in Jane Austen, her life, times and novels.  One of her earliest was Jane Austen’s England, and her latest are “Growing Older with Jane Austen” and “Understanding Jane Austen – key concepts in the six novels” .  She is the Editor of the Jane Austen Society’s publications and contributes to the Regency World magazine. 

“To be an old maid at last – women’s destiny in Emma”


Conference ends

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