Join us for Dr. Sheryl Craig’s Presentation
One About Jane: Jane Austen and the State of the Nation
On Saturday, July 30, 2016 1:00-3:00 P.M.
The Plaza Library Forum Room, 4801 Main Street
Sponsored by JASNA Metropolitan Kansas City Region
and the Kansas City, MO Public Library
We are privileged to have Dr. Sheryl Craig as our presenter in this third part of our 2016 series One By Jane, One Because of Jane, and One About Jane. Dr. Craig will be discussing her book Jane Austen and the State of the Nation with an emphasis on Chapter 6, “Emma and William Pitt’s Utopia.”
Jane Austen remains famous today for the six excellent novels in which she reflects on the life of British landed gentry of the Georgian and Regency periods. Critics often say she did so at the expense of meaningful commentary on the politics of the day. Not so says Dr. Sheryl Craig. In her book Jane Austen and the State of the Nation, Dr. Craig explores references to politics and political economics and concludes that Jane was a liberal Tory who remained consistent in her political agenda throughout her career as a novelist.
Dr. Craig has published dozens of articles on Jane Austen in Persuasions, the Explicator, Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, and on the websites of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and Chawton House Library in England. In addition, Dr. Craig is the editor of the newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America; she was JASNA’s International Visitor to England in 2008 and a JASNA Traveling Lecturer in 2012. She has lectured on Jane Austen in 17 states, 3 Canadian provinces, England, and Scotland. She holds a PhD in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of Kansas and teaches in the English and Philosophy Department at the University of Central Missouri.
An informal tea begins at 1:00 P.M. with Dr. Craig presenting at 2:00 P.M. This program is open to the public. Registration is now open. Please register here.