Sunday, February 08, 2009

Jane Austen was a Poet... So Here's the Vermont Update

The Vermont Chapter of JASNA presents
Prof. Mary Ellen Bertolini (Middlebury College)
“The Grace to Deserve: Weighing Merit in Jane Austen’s Persuasion”

Following Waterloo, rich naval officers vied with impoverished aristocrats for position and importance. Against this political drama, Jane Austen unfolds her story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot, who pines for Frederick Wentworth, the Naval Captain she rejected eight years before. Wentworth’s final words in the novel, “I must learn to brook being happier than I deserve” are no coincidence, for the idea of deserving, of earning one’s blessings, is at the very core of Persuasion, Austen’s last completed novel.
Sunday, 1 March 2009, 2–4 pm, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
Hauke Family Campus Center, 375 Maple Street
~ free and open to the public ~

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Next Event, 7 June 2009: Hope Greenberg, “Jane Austen & Fashion” (Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier)

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