Speaker Series: Lise Gaston

The second event in our Speaker Series features

Dr. Lise Gaston (University of British Columbia)

“Unsteady Time: Jane Austen’s Last Work and Family Legacy”

November 20
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Buchanan Tower 323

“In this talk, I discuss Sanditon, Jane Austen’s last, unfinished novel, alongside nineteenth-century biographies written by her family, notably her nephew’s 1870 Memoir, which first published excerpts from this final work. I show how her family attempts to control the biographical and textual property of their increasingly famous aunt by depicting her life and works as part of a barren, preindustrial history. However, I argue that Austen’s own late work, with its physical upheavals and riotous style, suggests instead a modern temporal consciousness, in which an unsettled present contains both the past and a speculative future, thereby both anticipating and resisting her Victorian biographers’ attempts at textual, historical, and even bodily containment.” — Lise Gaston

Everyone welcome!