Jane Austen

A Talk by Professor Charles Lock

Charles Lock, Professor of English Literature at the University of Copenhagen, will give a talk about Jane Austen to mark the 200th anniversary of her death on 18th July 1817. The anniversary will be marked in the United Kingdom (or whatever remains of it) by the issue later this year of a new ten-pound banknote depicting Jane Austen with the words: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” This banknote indicates the status of Jane Austen in English life, but it also provides some evidence of how seldom her books are actually read. Although these words are to be found in one of Jane Austen's novels, they are not her words at all. It is to be hoped that those attending this talk will come to agree that it is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no enjoyment like reading the novels of Jane Austen, but that we must do so with some care.

We are delighted that Professor Charles Lock has offered to give ESU Members another of his literary talks. They are always most stimulating and we hope to see many of you for this event. Wine and nibbles will be served.

RSVP: stephanie.m.carlsen@gmail.com by Sunday 23 April
Admission: ESU members free, Guests: 50kr