Jane Austen and Co.: The enduring popularity of women writers of the past

Welcome to a Jane Austen extravaganza that reaches over two days. Come and listen to short lectures, two keynotes and one panel – and a bunch of researchers that are dedicated to Jane Austen and women writers. What's there not to like?

Day 1: Wednesday April 10

Location: Fria Ordets Hus
Hour: 2.00 pm–5.00 pm

The event is free of charge. However, if you want tea and scones, please mail no later than April 8.



Mr Darcy’s Wet Shirt and Beyond: Jane Austen in Popular Culture

Panel with professor Juliette Wells, Ania Gutowska and Maria Nilson on Jane Austen’s legacy, from Janeitism, rewrites and why we still love Austen and her work.

Short lectures

Mary Wollstonecraft's Narrators in Scandinavian Letters and in her Private Correspondence

Professor Magdalena Ożarsk.

Kjolsfållar och mansskjortor: Förförelse hos Austen då och nu

Piia Posti. The lecture is held in Swedish.

Day 2: Thursday April 11

Location: Homeros, building F, Växjö
Hour: 9.30 am–4.30 pm

The event is free of charge. However, if you want "fika" (both morning and afternoon), please mail no later than April 8.


Keynote 1

Searching for American Janeites: New Discoveries about Critics and Collectors

Professor Juliette Wells.

Juliette Wells is Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English at Goucher College (USA). She is the author of two histories of Jane Austen’s readers: Reading Austen in America (2017) and Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination (2011), both published by Bloomsbury Academic. For Penguin Classics, she created 200th-anniversary annotated editions of Austen’s novels Persuasion (2017) and Emma (2015). Her chapter on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple appears in the collection After Austen (Palgrave, 2018), and an essay on intimate portraiture in Emma is forthcoming in Art and Artifact in Jane Austen (U. Delaware). She serves on the editorial board of Persuasions, the journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. 

Keynote 2

Jane Austen's Fanny Burney: inspirations and conspiracy theories

Professor Magdalena Ożarska.

Magdalena Ożarska, Ph.D. habil. is Associate Professor at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland. She is the author of Meanderings of the English Enlightenment: The Literary Oeuvre of Christopher Smart (2008), Lacework or Mirror? Diary Poetics of Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley (2013) and Two Women Writers and their Italian Tours: Mary Shelley’s “Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842 and 1843” and Łucja Rautenstrauchowa’s “In and Beyond the Alps” (2014). Her research interests include 18th- and 19th-century English and Polish women’s self-writing, transnational reception studies of European women’s writing, human-animal studies and critical plant studies.

More information about Magdalena.

Short lectures

Imperial Price: Mansfield Park and its colonial connections

Piia Posti.

Pride and Prejudice and Music: the use of film music for presenting the heroine’s uniqueness

Ania Gutowska & Signe Kjær Jensen.

From pragmatism to romance – Austen as the guru for romantic love

Maria Nilson.

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