Travels with Jane Austen: England in Literature with Sue King - Context Travel

Travels with Jane Austen: England in Literature with Sue King


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Join us in the England of Jane Austen (1775-1817), who lived in a time of elegance but also a period of conflict in Europe and further afield. The seminar will explore the places where Jane lived, stayed, or visited, which served as inspiration for events and locations described in her six novels.

Jane Austen lived most of her life in rural Hampshire in the South of England. Her father was a rector of two parish churches, a position that granted him a portion of agricultural land for his tenure, which provided most of the family’s annual income. Thus, the family moved on the fringes of polite society and could be termed ‘pseudo gentry’ as they did not own their own land. Jane’s father was a university-educated man who taught at Oxford University before his marriage. Jane’s mother was well connected to wealthier and more aristocratic relatives.

Although Jane spent most of her early life in a modest country parsonage and her later life in a country cottage, she had the advantage of invitations from more affluent friends and relations to visit grand houses and mix with a range of society from servants to nobility. Jane was an acute observer of manners and socials interactions between the different levels of society and experienced those who were generous with the advantages they had inherited and those who were haughty and disdainful.

When her country parson father retired, the family moved to the beautiful city of Bath, where Jane, her sister Cassandra, and their parents lived at several different locations. Her parents took advantage of the good medical care in Bath, bathed in the natural hot spring water, and drank the metallic tasting water at the Pump Room. They attended social functions in the imposing assembly rooms and visited the theatre. Jane continued to travel to other parts of England to visit well-connected friends and family and stayed in some exquisite locations. These travels provided Jane with inspiration for a cast of characters and backdrops for her novels.

Led by expert Sue King, this interactive seminar will explore locations visited by Jane Austen on her travels which provided fitting backdrops for her stories which center around the social interactions of polite society. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travel plans, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the life and times of this remarkable author and will follow her travels to exquisite locations in England.

Sue King was born a Londoner and has lived in several other cities including Seoul, Berlin, and Washington DC. Since returning to London, she has spent the last three years studying its art, architecture, literature, and history. Sue holds a research MPhil in History of Art from the Barber Institute, Birmingham University and has specialist knowledge of Victorian Britain through her study of its painting and literature. Her thesis, on symbolism in Victorian Art, focused on the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and she has also made studies in 20th Century American art. Sue is fascinated by London's history and is most interested in the artists and writers who have helped to define it. She loves to recount stories of their lives and works, and their connections with each other and the city.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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T.G.
Wonderful Presentation

This presentation was marvelous ! The additional context around Jane Austin and her novels was so interesting. Ms King was so knowledgeable and engaging. I would love to take future tours with her.

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N.J.G.
Great Trip!

Sue King, is a consummate Jane Austen scholar, who takes her audience to numerous sites, emphasizing their own qualities and their meaning to Jane and her novels, as well as their accessibility today. She ends with clips, a successful retrospective of the novels as shown on film and television.

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S.
Charming & Endearing....just like Jane Austen

Sue is a lovely and knowledgeable presenter providing both historical and modern perspectives on Austen. Enjoyable!

J
J.
Jane Austen in Life and Film

A thorough exploration of the homes Jane Austen inhabited or visited, including Steventon, Bath, Southampton, Lyme Regis, and Chawton. Sue KIng had photos of the homes, outside and interiors, used in all the versions of the films made of Jane Austen's books. So many possibilities to visit!

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K.F.
Jane Austin Got Around

This lecture on Jane Austin’s world was interesting and dense. Sue certainly knows Jane Austin’s world. I throughly enjoyed learning about the places which Ms Austin lived in and visited. She, Jane Austin, seems to have moved around quite a bit. I found this surprising. It was fun to see the places Austin talks about in her novels in the flesh (well virtually at least).

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
88%
(7)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
13%
(1)
0%
(0)
T
T.G.
Wonderful Presentation

This presentation was marvelous ! The additional context around Jane Austin and her novels was so interesting. Ms King was so knowledgeable and engaging. I would love to take future tours with her.

N
N.J.G.
Great Trip!

Sue King, is a consummate Jane Austen scholar, who takes her audience to numerous sites, emphasizing their own qualities and their meaning to Jane and her novels, as well as their accessibility today. She ends with clips, a successful retrospective of the novels as shown on film and television.

S
S.
Charming & Endearing....just like Jane Austen

Sue is a lovely and knowledgeable presenter providing both historical and modern perspectives on Austen. Enjoyable!

J
J.
Jane Austen in Life and Film

A thorough exploration of the homes Jane Austen inhabited or visited, including Steventon, Bath, Southampton, Lyme Regis, and Chawton. Sue KIng had photos of the homes, outside and interiors, used in all the versions of the films made of Jane Austen's books. So many possibilities to visit!

K
K.F.
Jane Austin Got Around

This lecture on Jane Austin’s world was interesting and dense. Sue certainly knows Jane Austin’s world. I throughly enjoyed learning about the places which Ms Austin lived in and visited. She, Jane Austin, seems to have moved around quite a bit. I found this surprising. It was fun to see the places Austin talks about in her novels in the flesh (well virtually at least).