POSTPONED 112th: Jenny Davidson on Reading Jane Austen
POSTPONED: New Date To Come
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Thursday, November 16th at 7pm as Jenny Davidson discusses her new book Reading Jane Austen at Book Culture on 112th. Jenny will be joined in conversation by Wendy Anne Lee.
Whether you're new to Austen's work or know it backwards and forwards already, this book provides a clear, full and highly engaging account of how Austen's fiction works and why it matters. Exploring new pathways into the study of Jane Austen's writing, novelist and academic Jenny Davidson looks at Austen's work through a writer's lens, addressing formal questions about narration, novel writing, and fictional composition as well as themes including social and women's history, morals and manners. Introducing new readers to the breadth and depth of Jane Austen's writing, and offering new insights to those more familiar with Austen's work, Jenny Davidson celebrates the art and skill of one of the most popular and influential writers in the history of English literature.
Jenny Davidson writes about eighteenth-century literature and culture; other interests include British cultural and intellectual history and the contemporary novel in English. She is the author of four novels, Heredity (2003),The Explosionist (2008), Invisible Things (2010), and The Magic Circle (2013). She has published two books about eighteenth-century literature, Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen (Cambridge, 2004) and Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century (Columbia, 2009).
Wendy Anne Lee's current book project, Failures of Feeling: Insensibility and the Novel, takes up these questions in a long trajectory from early amatory tales of the Prude to Jane Austen to Bartleby. In explorations of the impassive, nonresponsive, and desensitized subjects of literary history, I argue for the unlikely importance of unfeeling—or the absence of interior states—in the emergence of what we now call psychological fiction. Her teaching at NYU, and previously at Yale, covers survey courses on British literature from Chaucer to Zadie Smith, as well as specialized seminars on the long eighteenth century, Jane Austen, violence, and Enlightenment philosophy.