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For the Love of Jane Austen

Release date: February 17, 2010

Juliette Wells, Goucher College’s Burke Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence for 2009-2010, will give a lecture titled "For the Love of Jane Austen" on Wednesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum. Wells will discuss why present-day Austen fans so often choose to feature the author in their fiction and nonfiction writing.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peter McCarthy, assistant to the college librarian, at peter.mccarthy@goucher.edu.

Wells is a prominent Jane Austen scholar and associate professor of English literature at Manhattanville College. She has written many scholarly articles about Austen, which have been published in The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club, A Breath of Fresh Eyre: Intertextual and Intermedial Reworkings of Jane Eyre, Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction, and other books.

She has received numerous grants, fellowships, and academic honors from institutions such as New York University, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale Center for British Art, and Manhattanville College. Last summer Wells completed a fellowship with the Jane Austen Society of North America's International Visitor Program, which supports research at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, U.K.

Wells is a member of the Modern Language Associate, Northeast Modern Language Association, North American British Music Studies Association, British Women Writers Association, Jane Austen Society of North America, and the Brontë Society. In addition, she is working on a book titled Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination.

As Goucher College’s Burke Scholar-in-Residence, Wells has been awarded a weeklong research residency in February 2010 that will allow her to use the college’s library’s extensive Jane Austen collection, which includes translations, critical studies, audiovisual materials, and literature about Austen’s life and times, as well as first and early editions of the author’s novels.

Goucher established the biennial Burke Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence program in 2000 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the collection’s donation by Alberta Hirshheimer Burke, a Goucher alumna of the Class of 1928. A special feature in the collection is Alberta Burke’s own notebooks of Austen-related memorabilia and correspondence with Austen collectors and scholars.