Announcing the Sixth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program

“Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror”

June 14-17, 2018

Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Our 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

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Literary Bath

Think Jane Austen was the only author of note with connections to Bath? Think again. We’ve got the lowdown on a few authors with ties to the once-fashionable resort city. To see the map in detail, click here.

Jane Austen

Famous for: Novels such as “Pride & Prejudice.” (But I don’t have to tell you that!)

Bath addresses:  13 Queens Square, 4 Sydney Place, 27 Green Park Buildings, 25 Gay Street.

Connection to Bath: “Northanger Abbey’s” Catherine Morland may have loved back ,but Austen herself didn’t enjoy it. From a letter to sister Cassandra: “Our first view of Bath has been just as gloomy as it was last November twelvemonth.”

Henry Fielding

Famous for: Wrote “Tom Jones.”

Bath address: Lived in Twerton, now part of Bath.

Connection to Bath: He’s said to have written part of “Tom Jones” there. His lodgings have since been demolished.

Sarah Fielding

Famous for: Wrote “The Adventures of David Simple” as well as children’s novels. She’s also Henry Fielding’s sister.

Bath address: She lived at Widcombe Lodge for a time.

Connection to Bath: She was also known to have visited Prior Park.

Charles Dickens

Famous for: Many classic works, including “Great Expectations.”

Bath addresses: Saracen’s Head in Broad Street, 35 St. James’s Square

Connection to Bath: He visited the resort city often and satirized the resort city in “Pickwick Papers.”

Edmund Burke

Famous for: The 18th-century statesman was a great political philosopher.

Bath addresses: Circus House, Bennett Street and the Circus; 11 North Parade.

Connection to Bath: He met his wife while staying at Circus House.

Fanny Burney

Famous for: “Evelina” and other works.

Bath addresses: 14 South Parade, 23 Great Stanhope Street, buried at St Swithin’s Walcot

Connection to Bath: She visited often and, after living in France, lived here for a few years.

Mary and Percy Shelley

Famous for: “Frankenstein” (Mary Shelley), “Ozmandias” (Percy Shelley)

Bath addresses: 5 Abbey Churchyard

Connection to Bath: The two stayed in Bath in 1816. It no longer exists.

Source:, Romantic Circles

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The thinkers and authors in ‘Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley references several notable books and thinkers in “Frankenstein.” But who were they and what were these works about? A primer:

The thinkers Frankenstein references

Cornelius Agrippa

Cornelius Agrippa was a German thinker and occultist writer during the Renaissance. Branded a heretic, he thought magic was the best way to understand God and nature. 

Paracelsus was a German-Swiss alchemist known for frequently wandering the land in his search of knowledge as well as establishing the role of chemistry in medicine. He also created a version of laudanum and helped develop the clinical description of syphilis.

Albertus Magnus was a German scholar who taught St. Thomas Aquinas. Legend has it that Albertus Magnus discovered the philosopher’s stone, which could turn metals into gold or silver. He later was canonized, becoming the patron saint of those who learn the natural sciences.

Books the Creature read

John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”: Originally published in 10 books in 1667, “Paradise Lost” recounts the biblical story of Adam and Eve and their fall from grace. Milton’s sympathetic portrayal of Satan led some Romantic poets — including Percy Shelley — to consider Satan the hero of the story. The work is known as arguably the greatest epic poem in the English language.

Plutarch’s “Lives of Illustrious Greeks and Romans”: The Greek writer’s series of biographies of famous men is also known as “Parallel Lives” or “Lives.”  As a moralist, Plutarch focused more on the qualities of these great men, and less on history.

J.W. von Goethe’s “Sorrows of Werter”: This novel, first published in German in 1774, is considered the first novel of the Sturm und Drang movement (which emphasized feeling, nature and human individualism). The novel follows a passionate young man whose painful travails in life and love eventually lead to suicide.

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica