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Asia & the Regency
Jane Austen and the British Way of Tea with Dr. Markman Ellis
In this lecture of our Asia & the Regency series, Dr. Markman Ellis analyzes tea as a multi-faceted concept: a commodity sourced from Asia; a prepared hot beverage; a social event in which tea is consumed; and an ideological construct associated with politeness and the social behaviors of the middling classes. Austen’s fictions cast light on each of these aspects of the performance of tea-taking in Britain, that social ceremony now known as the British ‘way of tea.'
Jane Austen and the Buddha with Dr. Kathryn Duncan
In the final event of our Asia & the Regency series, we learn about Buddhism and what Austen can teach us about the Four Noble Truths with a special talk from Dr. Kathryn Duncan (St. Leo University). Like Buddhism, Austen's novels explore both suffering and happiness. This talk will introduce a unique and novel approach to reading our old Austenian favorites in a new way, which is further explored in Dr. Duncan's new book Jane Austen and the Buddha (2021).
Sansei and Sensibility with Dr. Karen Tei Yamashita
Award-winning author and professor emerita Dr. Karen Tei Yamashita discusses her book Sansei and Sensibility (Coffee House Press 2020). "Sansei" refers to third-generation Japanese Americans whose grandparents typically immigrated to the US in the early twentieth century. Dr. Yamashita discusses her relationship with Austen in the context of her own experiences. Last year, Dr. Yamashita was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and we are excited to host her for this talk!
Chinese Export Ware in the Royal Pavilion with Dr. Alexandra Loske
In this lecture Alexandra Loske outlines the story of how the Chinoiserie interiors of the Royal Pavilion were created, what inspired George IV, his architects, and interior designers, and what happened to the objects, fittings, and decorative surfaces after the sale of the building in 1850. Image credit for thumbnail: 'Kylin' Clock (RCIN 2867) and candelabra (RCIN 2736) in the Royal Pavilion's Saloon, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from 2019 to 2022, Photo: Jim Holden for the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove.
Jane Austen in Takarazuka Musical Theater with Dr. Haruko Takakuwa
In the seventh lecture of our Asia & the Regency series, Dr. Haruko Takakuwa introduces us to a fascinating production of Pride and Prejudice titled Angel's Ladder as performed by Japan's renowned all-female theater troupe the Takarazuka Revue. For Takarazuka, Pride and Prejudice provides an ideal, genteel romance plot between Elizabeth and Darcy through which to appeal to their predominantly female audience.
Jane Austen and India, Jane Austen in India with Dr. Barnita Bagchi
In this sixth lecture of our Asia & the Regency series, Barnita Bagchi focuses on Austen's early work "Catharine, or the Bower" in relation to the writer's family connection with India, through her aunt Phildelphia and cousin Eliza. After this, the lecture considers the life and oeuvre of Kashibai Kanitkar (1861-1948), pioneering woman novelist in Marathi, and the Austenian resonances in her oeuvre. Finally, Dr. Bagchi analyzes Austenian resonances in the novels of Anita Desai and Vikram Seth, and Gurinder Chadha's film Bride and Prejudice (2004).
From Xo Ho to Mi Li: Horace Walpole and China with Dr. Peter Sabor
For the third event in our Asia & the Regency series, Professor Peter Sabor discusses eighteenth century author Horace Walpole and the depiction of China in his Hieroglyphic Tales to explore the representation of Chinese life in English texts.
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