Paul Hague Distinguished Writer Lecture Series: Devoney Looser's THE MAKING OF JANE AUSTEN
Scholar Devoney Looser gives a public lecture that explores just how Jane Austen became a celebrity author and the inspiration for generations of loyal fans.
Date & Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, O'Shaughnessy Room (LIB 108)
Building #4 on campus map
We are pleased to announce this special Paul Hague Distinguished Writer Lecture Series inaugural event featuring scholar Devoney Looser, sponsored through a generous gift given by James A. Kurpius '60 and family in honor of Paul Hague, a professor in the English Department from 1955-1990.
Just how did Jane Austen become the celebrity author and the inspiration for generations of loyal fans she is today? Devoney Looser's The Making of Jane Austen turns to the people, performances, activism, and images that fostered Austen's early fame, laying the groundwork for the beloved author we think we know.
Here are the Austen influencers, including her first English illustrator, the eccentric Ferdinand Pickering, whose sensational gothic images may be better understood through his brushes with bullying, bigamy, and an attempted matricide. The daring director-actress Rosina Filippi shaped Austen's reputation with her pioneering dramatizations, leading thousands of young women to ventriloquize Elizabeth Bennet's audacious lines before drawing room audiences. Even the supposedly staid history of Austen scholarship has its bizarre stories. The author of the first Jane Austen dissertation, student George Pellew, tragically died young, but he was believed by many, including his professor-mentor, to have come back from the dead.
Looser shows how these figures and their Austen-inspired work transformed Austen's reputation, just as she profoundly shaped theirs. Through them, Looser describes the factors and influences that radically altered Austen's evolving image. Drawing from unexplored material, Looser examines how echoes of that work reverberate in our explanations of Austen's literary and cultural power. Whether you're a devoted Janeite or simply Jane-curious, The Making of Jane Austen will have you thinking about how a literary icon is made, transformed, and handed down from generation to generation.
Devoney Looser is a professor of English at Arizona State University. She is the author of Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850 and British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820.
Copies of Looser's book will be available for sale (cash or credit card accepted) and a book signing will immediately follow the event.
Parking (available for $1/hour after 4pm)
Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.
Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.
McNeely Parking Ramp--visitor parking is available at the McNeely Ramp only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The McNeely Ramp entrance is located within parking lot K, underneath McNeely Hall.
Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.