200 years of Sense and Sensibility Conference. School of English, University of St. Andrews, 9-10 September 2011

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'I am never too busy to think of S&S', Jane Austen wrote to her sister, Cassandra in April 1811. The year saw the publication of her first novel and to mark the event, we are hosting a conference that reflects upon two hundred years of readership and opens up new interpretations of the novel. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers and round tables on any aspect of the novel.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
• Social and historical context
• Reception of the novel
• Tradition of Sensibility/contemporary aesthetic theory
• Literary influences
• Sibling relationships
• Feminist readings of the novel
• Adaptations of the novel
• Re-writings, sequels and appropriations
• The novel's place in the canon

Keynote speakers: Kathryn Sutherland (St Anne's College, Oxford), Paula Byrne (Liverpool).

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to the conference organisers, Marina Cano López and Rose Pimentel, at 200sensibilities@gmail.com. Please also email us with any questions at the above address. The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2011.