Thursday 13th July 2017 to Saturday 15th July 2017

Venue: Chawton House

Reputations, Legacies, Futures: Jane Austen, Germaine de Staël and their contemporaries, 1817-2017


Keynote Speakers:

Benjamin Colbert, University of Wolverhampton
Alison Finch, University of Cambridge
Deidre Lynch, Harvard University

July 1817 saw two deaths – of Jane Austen, an English novelist with a solid but relatively modest success, and of Germaine de Staël, a long-standing superstar of pan-European intellectual, political and literary life. Over the two centuries since, the relative reputations of these two writers have re-aligned in ways that would have astonished their contemporaries, admirers and critics alike.

This joint anniversary provides an unrivalled opportunity to bring scholars together to reflect on the connections, continuities, and contrasts between these two writers’ careers both in their lifetimes and after, and to think about the waxing and waning across Europe and beyond of the literary reputations of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period women writers more generally.

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Organising committee:

Dr Gillian Dow (Executive Director of Chawton House Library and Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton)

Professor Catriona Seth (Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, All Souls’ College, Oxford University)

Professor Nicola J Watson (Professor of English Literature, Open University)


Conference Fee: £180/145 This includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, two wine receptions and the Friday evening concert.

Thursday Rate: £70/45. This includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments, and wine reception.

Friday Rate: £100/85. This includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, wine reception and evening concert.

Saturday rate: £50/35. This includes lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements.