Monday, November 14, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Alumni Book Club, Dec. 7

You’re invited to the Wilkinson College Alumni Book Club: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

In Northanger Abbey Jane Austen parodies the Gothic novels of the 1790s that were best sellers in her youth. Northanger Abbey was the fi rst of Jane Austen’s novels to be completed for publishing and references The Mysteries of Udolpho, a novel by Gothic writer Anne Radcliffe. The novel explores the differences between fi ction and reality and questions the nature of its characters: who can be trusted and who is a true friend. Northanger Abbey is more obviously comedic than any of her later novels and was most likely written for the enjoyment of her family because of the use of literary illusions that her family would have enjoyed. Jane Austen was cautious about publishing this novel after the success of her other novels, because she was concerned that the Gothic novel she was parodying had gone out of fashion. But, nearly 200 years after its eventual publication, the Gothic seems to be as popular as ever.

Space is limited - RSVP by emailing

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