'Emma': Jane Austen's Greatest Novel?

Jane AustinJuliette Wells, PhD
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
2:30 - 4:30 pm in Batza Room – Athenaeum 4th floor (Directions / Campus Map)
Registration Fee: $18

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Brush up your understanding of Austen’s subtle masterpiece—or become acquainted with it for the first time—in anticipation of a new film version of Emma, directed by Autumn de Wilde, which opens on March 5, 2020 at the Charles Theatre (click here for movie trailer). You’ll feel like a student again during this interactive “book group” discussion!


This program will: 

  • provide an overview of Austen’s literary career and achievements as an author
  • foster an intergenerational discussion between Sage attendees and Goucher’s undergraduate students of Jane Austen


Introductory lecture followed by discussion of the novel, Emma

Feel like a student again! Dr. Wells’ students in LIT 335: Jane Austen and Her Readers will be in attendance and will participate in the interactive discussion.

Suggested Supplementary Material

Dr. Wells recommends her own edition of Emma, copies of which are available for purchase at the Sage office in the Welch Center at Goucher College (Julia Rogers Building – 2nd floor).

About Juliette Wells, PhD

Michael Curry

After undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins and Peabody, Dr. Wells earned her PhD in English Literature from Yale. She joined the Goucher faculty in 2012 and teaches courses on British literature, women’s writing, and Jane Austen. For Penguin Classics, she created reader-friendly 200th-anniversary editions of Austen’s novels Persuasion (2017) and Emma (2015), both of which feature images from Goucher’s world-renowned Austen collection. She is also the author of two books on Austen’s readers—Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination (2011) and Reading Austen in America (2017)—and is currently working on a third. All of them include treatments of the distinguished Austen collector Alberta H. Burke, Goucher class of 1928