Sunday, October 5, 2014

Professor's Corner: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

A brand-new year of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics,  begins this week. Join us on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 as we kick off the 2014-15 season with a work of classic literature, discussion and refreshments. Admission is free and open to all.  

SESSION TITLE
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

SESSION DESCRIPTION

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's great novel Mansfield Park, TWU's Dr. Russell Greer will lead a discussion on the key merits and controversies associated with Austen's third novel. Mansfield Park is the story of Fanny Price, raised by her aunt and uncle when her family experiences financial problems.  It has been considered Austen's most controversial novel, known for its social satire, and has been adapted for film, television, the stage, radio and even the opera over the past 200 years.  See below for links to the novel and related information.

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  MapQuest map and directions available here.)

COST
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

PRESENTER
This session's presenter is Dr. Russell Greer, Associate Professor of English at Texas Woman's University.  Greer earned his Ph.D. in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature at the University of Georgia in 1996 and has taught in those fields for 18 years.  He is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner.  


LINKS TO OPTIONAL READINGS

Chapter IX from the novel for reading in advance of the session (optional)
Background on the novel (optional)

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library (Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com; 940-349-8752.)

STILL TO COME AT PROFESSOR'S CORNER 2014-15
November 12, 2014:  Scheherazade's Charms: The Arabian Nights in Contemporary Culture (Dr. Gretchen Busl, Speaker)
December 10, 2014:  Finding Fairies in Greek Myths (Dr. Chera Cole, Speaker)
January 14, 2015:  Beckett at Play (Dr. Patrick Bynane, Speaker)
February 11, 2015:  Fire in the Sky: The Frightful Appearance of Comets in Literature (Dr. Brian Fehler, Speaker)
March 11, 2015:  Shakespeare's King Lear in Adaptation (Dr. Ashley Bender, Speaker)
April 8, 2015:  The Legends of King Arthur (Dr. Matthew Brown, Speaker)
May 13, 2015:  It's Epic! Derek Walcott’s Omeros (Dr. Carl Smeller, Speaker)
SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University (SSouris@twu.edu; 940-898-2343)

SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Denton Public LibraryVoertman's, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

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