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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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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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A drawing by Anne Bronte of herself and (presumably her dog, Flossy) Dear friends and readers, I have not been able to write on this blog for so long because I’ve been away twice, one to the Highlands of Scotland and once to a friend in central Pennsylvania, but I have been reading much of […]

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Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938), The Closed Window Shutters Dear friends, About two years ago now (how time flies) I chaired two panels whose topic was supposed to be single women living alone befoe the 19th century. Single did not mean unmarried necessarily: rather a woman living as a single woman without a man as husband, father, […]

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Henry Wallis (1830-1916), Dr Johnson at Cave’s the Publisher (1854) Friends and readers, It’s probably not in any reviewer’s best interests (and I write a lot of reviews, all sorts), to let stealth snark bother her. Woolf said of reviewing (after a long life making money writing what are arguably her greatest works of genius), […]

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James Whistler (1834-1903), “Reading by Lamplight” (1858) Women cannot be expected to devote themselves to the emancipation of women, until men in considerable number are prepared to join with them in the undertaking — John Stuart Mill, On the Subjection of Women Dear friends and readers, Another set of texts we covered in my 19th […]

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Richard Rothwell’s Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Dear friends and readers, I interrupt what has become our regularly scheduled programming recently (conference reports, women artist blogs, Austen films and pictorialism) to be ironically a propos to the dire election results of last Tuesday. A new book of short stories, Eternal Frankenstein, testifies to how Mary Shelley’s transformatively […]

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From The Graphic, Women reading in the London Free Library, from Lady’s Pictorial, 1895) A Syllabus For a Study Group at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at American University Day: Nine Monday late mornings into early afternoon, 11:45 am to 1:15 pm 4801 Spring Valley Building, near American University main campus, Northwest, Washington DC Dates: […]

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Dear friends and readers, It feels wrong to have an Austen reveries blog where of late I so rarely post on Austen herself: yes, she’s a cynosure, sign under which women’s art, l’ecriture-femme, women writers may find sympathetic hearing; yes, if she be not an 18th century writer, I know not where an 18th century […]

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