Real solemn history: Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis and the historical novel

25 October 2017 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Dr Gillian Dow, University of Southampton


Janet Walwyn | 01865 287156 |


In March 1815, Jane Austen wrote to her niece Caroline that even in her 'sedate time of life' rereading one of Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis's tales would be sure to put her 'in a rage'. This is just one of Austen's recorded responses to the work of a French author whose works were omnipresent in the British literary marketplace throughout Austen’s lifetime.

This talk will explore the connections between Austen and Genlis, who shared a publisher in John Murray II. 

Chawton House Library, home to early women’s writing:


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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