Stapleford Granary

Course description

14.00-18.00 | £60

In Association with Literature Cambridge

An intensive study day on Jane Austen’s much-loved novel, Pride and Prejudice (1813) with lectures by leading Cambridge scholars Fred Parker and Anne Toner, and a dramatic reading by an accomplished student reader.

Pride and Prejudice is a novel about love and about marriage proposals; about how one speaks, and speaks out, in the early nineteenth century. Fred Parker will explore the difficulty of communicating one’s feelings in a culture where all exchanges in public – especially between men and women – are understood to be coded and convention-based. Is it possible to be polite AND sincere?

Anne Toner will discuss Jane Austen’s celebrated dialogue. She will examine what is innovative about Austen’s dialogue and what readers have loved about it. She will explore its relation to drama, and how Austen’s innovations in dialogue relate to her developments in depicting consciousness.


Artist/speaker: Fred Parker & Anne Toner

Further info

Fred Parker is Senior Lecturer in English and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He works mainly on literature between Milton and Byron (1660-1830) and on its connections with moral philosophy. His most recent book, The Devil as Muse, looked at the Devil as literary inspiration for Blake and Byron; he is currently thinking about the process of getting engaged (or seduced) in the novels of the period. Jane Austen is one of his special interests.

Anne Toner is a Fellow in English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her publications include Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission and articles on Jane Austen. She is currently completing a book on aspects of Jane Austen’s style.