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Jane Austen’s Sanditon Workshop/Discussion
February 22 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Jane Austen’s Sanditon, A workshop/discussion presented by Dr. David Bell, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, English Department.
In the final months of her life Jane Austen began a seventh novel, abandoning it after having written about 24,000 words. This fragment is now the basis of an eight-part PBS mini-series with a script by Andrew Davies. Dr. Bell is concerned that in the excitement of seeing a new Austen adaptation, it could be easy to lose touch with the original. His purpose is to return our attention to what Austen actually wrote. As her last piece of fiction, “Sanditon” offers a unique opportunity to look back on her journey as a novelist and to speculate on where she might have headed had she lived longer. This will be a workshop/discussion rather than a formal lecture. Dr. Bell will count on everyone present to have recently read (or reread) Austen’s richly rewarding fragment. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served; feel free to bring snacks to share.
This is a free event.