Jane Austen: Remembered and Revisited

Lectures and conversations about Jane Austen’s work and cultural context

Few authors have inspired such widely varied responses to their work as Jane Austen. Some see her as “Dear Aunt Jane,” a quiet chronicler of life’s little dramas; others read her as a feisty social critic, lambasting domestic politics; and numerous fans have been inspired by her work to create movies, novels, coloring books, and countless other paraphernalia that spin off from Austen and her writings. Her work is surely a powerful force, now more than ever.

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death, and the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies takes this opportunity to reflect on her legacy. Like so many others, we look to Austen and her extraordinary writings as starting points for reflections on the wider world, and we invite you to join us!

Learn more about Austen’s world, delve into adaptations inspired by her work, or try your own hand at novel writing.

At a glance

What: Lectures and conversations about Jane Austen’s work and cultural context

When: Fall of 2017

Questions? Contact Jessica Courtier at jessica.courtier@wisc.edu or 608-890-3626


Painting of Jane Austen

Tuesday Morning Booktalks: She Persisted

September 12-26

Join other book lovers for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts provided. Includes discussion of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Antigone by Sophocles, and Persuasion by Jane Austen.

A Lady’s Education: Women’s Arts During the Era of Jane Austen

September 19-October 10

Learn from the expertise of scholars in literature, dance, music, and the visual arts, to understand how arts literacy was a critical component of upper class women's education in Regency England.

Pride and Prejudice: An Abundance of Adaptations

image from Pride and PrejudiceOctober 17-November 7

Pride and Prejudice has inspired numberous dramatic, film, and literary adaptations. Explore how the story has been retold in other forms from page to stage to screen and beyond.

Take Your Characters to Dinner

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Jane Austen’s novels are full of colorful characters — learn to write your stories with equally interesting people. An enjoyable and professional way to write character sketches and profiles that really work for your story.