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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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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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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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