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Literary Event, Mon 6 - Fri 10 Jan 2020

Jane Austen in a week

Jane Austen in a week


Ethics, aesthetics, women’s agency, print culture, theology, landscape conservation, education – these are some of the topics with which Jane Austen’s characters wrestle in her six major novels. Austen represented key cultural debates through the varied and, at times, clashing perspectives of iconic figures such as Marianne Dashwood, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and Emma Woodhouse. In this course, explore the worlds of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, reflecting critically on select film adaptations of the novels. Along the way, consider questions Jane Austen raised regarding diverse social issues ranging from ordination to the slave trade.

Natasha Duquette is Professor of English at Tyndale University College in Toronto, Canada, co-editor of Jane Austen and the Arts: Elegance, Propriety, Harmony (2013), and author of Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women’s Aesthetic Approach to Biblical Interpretation (2016). Her series of meditations titled A 30-Day Journey with Jane Austen is forthcoming with Fortress Press (in Spring 2020). She is currently serving as editor-in-chief for The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Romantic-Era Women’s Writing, which will include biographical entries on many of Jane Austen’s contemporaries, as well as topical entries on subjects such as religion, philosophy, and women’s reading. Her home in North Toronto is shared with Frederick Duquette and their two sweet dogs: Esmée the pug and Zamor the papillon.

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Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Mon 6 - Fri 10 Jan 2020


Residential prices start from £480, non-residential from £390.


Church Lane,



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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality