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Austen Scholar Comes to Goucher College

Release date: February 07, 2012

Jane Austen's novels are cherished by readers worldwide, but do the iconic author's works get lost in translation?

Goucher's Henry and Alberta Burke '28 Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence Gillian Dow will explore this topic during her talk "Translating Austen; or When Jane Goes Abroad" on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House.

Dow will discuss the effect of quintessential "Englishness" on the translation of Austen's works into other languages and cultures. As associate professor and lecturer of English literature at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Dow has extensively lectured and published about Austen and her works. Two of Dow's upcoming publishing projects concern Austen's writings in translation, how the author's language is constructed by her translators, and the global reception of her adapted works.

This event, sponsored by the Henry and Alberta Burke '28 Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence Program, is free and open to the public, but all attendees must reserve tickets in advance by logging on to http://tickets.goucher.edu.

Goucher established the 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. Over a period of 40 years, Burke and her husband, prominent Baltimorean and co-founder of the Jane Austen Society of North America Henry Burke, collected Austen first editions and rare period publications related to the life and landscape of rural England. This nationally renowned collection also includes Alberta Burke's own notebooks of Austen-related memorabilia and correspondence with Austen collectors and scholars.

For more information, contact Randi Kennedy, assistant to the college librarian, at 410-337-6362 or Randalynn.Kennedy@goucher.edu.