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John O’Connor (1830-1889), Pentonville — looking west (1884) A Syllabus On-line at: https://reveriesunderthesignofausten.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/elizabeth-gaskells-north-and-south-in-context-a-spring-syllabus/ For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at George Mason University Day: Eight Wednesdays, mid-day, 11:50 to 1:15 pm Tallwood, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, Va 22032 Dates: Classes start Mar 23rd; last class May 11, 2016. Dr Ellen Moody Description […]

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Cattle Watering perhaps by John Glover (1767-1849) Gentle readers, I’ve had some troubles over the past two weeks: my PC Dell Desktop computer died, and it has taken two weeks to replace it with a new one (Windows 20); alas while I was promised that all my files would be retrieved and put back into […]

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Vanessa Bell, the artist, the theme this time a woman drawing Dear friends, Some more thoughts on women as autobiographers and biographers. I’ve been reading yet another autobiographical novel by a woman, Sybille Bedford’s Jigsaw. It’s another that conforms to the characteristics of women biographers and autobiographers as outlined by Suzanne Raitt and Gale Bell […]

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Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), A drawing of a girl reading her writing Friends, I’ve not written a foremother poet blog since I went to a Sylvia Plath exhibit last fall. For Wom-po¬†Annie Finch and Pratibha Kelapure have revived the corner of the list’s website to begin to post brief essays on earlier women poets. They need […]

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My soul is sick with everyday’s report of wrong and outrage with which the earth is filled — William Cowper (anticipating Alice Oswald, Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch and Anne Carson below) Friends and readers, This week on Janeites, the subject of Austen’s knowledge and use of the Latin and Greek classics in her novels came […]

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Friends and readers, I read with a class on 19th century Women of Letters this past term Margaret Oliphant’s Kirsteen: The History of a Scotch Family 70 Years Ago, and am gratified to report the class as a whole liked it very much: some called it a “page-turner;” it was a class of 35 and […]

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Giovanni di Paolo, Paradiso (14th century) Friends and readers, Before concluding my reports on the JASNA AGM for 2017, I return briefly to my work on women artists. I’ve not forgotten this series of blogs, just had to put them on hold for a while. I was asked if I would collaborate on a paper […]

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The one image of Jane by Cassandra that we have From the shop: the theme this year was Austen’s “afterimage” and there were a number of talks on sequels, and many for sale Dear friends and readers, As those who go to the annual general meetings of the Jane Austen Society know, the conference “proper” […]

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Deane House: a slightly antiqued reprint of Ellen Hill’s illustration Dear friends and readers, I assume none of us has forgotten this year’s 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, with its outpouring of books, meetings, events, including lectures, parades, dances. I wrote no less than three blogs, one on the books and reviews published on […]

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From The Graphic, Women reading in the London Free Library, from Lady’s Pictorial, 1895) A Syllabus For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at George Mason University Eight weeks: Monday, 11:50 am to 1:15 pm, September 20 & 27; October 11 – November 8 Tallwood, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax Va Dr Ellen Moody […]

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