Tuesday 6th February 2024 to Wednesday 14th February 2024

Venue: Online

Get ready to declare your love this Valentine’s Day, with some lessons from the past…

Available now, until 28 February

“What did she say? – Just what she ought, of course. A lady always does.”

Jane Austen, Emma

In this Valentine’s online special, Deputy Director Kim Simpson talks to Professor Fred Parker about the perils of declaring love in the long eighteenth century, and finds out what was at stake for Austen’s heroines and lovers when it came to talking about their feelings. What is the relation between what you can say and what you can feel? How does one ‘speak the heart’? And what, for Austen, made people fall in love?

Professor Fred Parker is a Fellow and Tutor at Clare College, Cambridge, and a Senior Lecturer in English. His books include On Declaring Love: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Jane Austen (Routledge, 2019); The Devil as Muse (Baylor UP, 2011); Scepticism and Literature (OUP, 2003); and Johnson’s Shakespeare (Clarendon, 1991).

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This is a pre-recorded online interview. Ticket holders will receive the link in their confirmation. Please do not share this link. The talk will remain available to watch until 28 February. Please note there is no live element for this talk.