In the year of the 250th birthday, enjoy two talks on Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823). The most popular and influential novelist of the 1790s, Radcliffe was famous for her fashionable Gothic Romances such as The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794). In Northanger Abbey (1818), Jane Austen stages an encounter with Ann Radcliffe, and it has often been said that Austen’s parody of the Gothic has the quality of manifesto. By laughing at the devices of her famous precursor, Austen, it has been claimed, symbolically renounces romance and establishes her own innovative brand of realism. Professor Clery’s talk ‘Ann Radcliffe meets Jane Austen: A Fine Romance’ will explore an alternative possibility: that Austen’s connection with Radcliffe was a lifelong affair, and that Austen repeatedly returns to Radcliffe’s writings for inspiration in developing her own narrative technique and broadening her range of concerns. Dr Wright’s ’Becoming Ann Radcliffe’ will examine Radcliffe’s critical reception, then and now. Together, these talks will shed new light on a much-loved author.
Tickets: £20; Students/Unwaged £15
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Chawton House Library
Welcome to Chawton House Library, We are an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library's unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother, Edward; the library, house and gardens - plus an always fascinating calendar of events - make Chawton House Library a very special and memorable place to visit and enjoy.