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Jane Austen's Relevance to us

15 October 2015 (18:00-19:00)

The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics in China (CRALC), the School of English, is pleased to invite you to the following Public Lecture presented by Prof William Baker, Northern Illinois University.

About the talk

This talk will explore some of the reasons for Jane Austen's enduring appeal. Her writing still speak to countless people of all ages and nationalities. Among topics to be discussed will be her depiction of such universal themes such as love, marriage, property, relationships, human survival, the place of the individual in the wider community, growing up and so much more. Her work appeals to something deep in us all. Our exploration will encompass various critical reactions to her writing, her life and her style of writing and other concerns.

About the speaker

Dr William Baker, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University, is spending the Autumn Semester teaching Shakespeare at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou. British born and educated he received his PhD from the University of London. He is the author/co-author of over 25 monographs and more than 150 refereed articles .These include the recent essay (with Shang Biwu) on "Ethical Literary Criticism in China"published in the Times Literary Supplement, 29 July 2015. In 2008 William Baker's Critical Companion to Jane Austen was published by Facts on File in New York.