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Wednesday, April 17 • 1:00pm - 1:15pm
"True Gentility" Social Events and Upward Mobility in Jane Austen's Emma

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Jane Austen’s nineteenth-century novel Emma (1816) displays the importance of proper etiquette, rank, and reputation at social events. However, the novel's balls, dinners, and outings serve a more important function by revealing that Emma uses events to implement her matchmaking plans. I will discuss how Emma uses these occasions in order to become a successful matchmaker by promoting the upward mobility of orphan Harriet Smith.


Wednesday April 17, 2019 1:00pm - 1:15pm
RIC 120
  • Moderator Nancy Marck