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Jane Austen Study Day

10 February 2024

Venue: Senate House, The Woburn Suite, London, United Kingdom

9:15 am – 4:45 pm

JAS event

9.15 – 10.15 Registration for attendees

10.15 Dr Christine Kenyon-Jones – Research Fellow, Department of English, King’s College, London

TALK Jane Austen and Lord Byron: Regency Relations

Austen and Byron are often presented as opposites but Dr Kenyon Jones explores how their lives, interests and work often brought them within touching distance, and sets them side by side in the Regency and Romantic period.

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Professor Kathryn Sutherland – Senior Research Fellow, St Anne’s College, Oxford

TALK Jane Austen and the Lessons from Graffiti


*12.45 Lunch

14.15 Dr Anne Toner – Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Trinity College, Cambridge.

TALK Reading Jane Austen’s Conversations

Austen has long been celebrated for the way she reveals characters through conversation. Dr Toner considers the ways in which Austen moves between direct speech and describing speech in her fiction, focusing on her early, unfinished manuscript, The Watsons, in which dialogue develops into a fluid, innovative style of conversation that is suggestive (as The Watsons is in other respects) of Emma.

15.15 Tea

15.45 Professor Susan Allen Ford – Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi

TALK The Heritage of Charles Bingley and Other Genealogies: The Children of the Abbey and Pride and Prejudice.

Austen began First Impressions in October 1796, a few months after the publication of Regina Maria Roche’s sentimental gothic The Children of the Abbey. Recommended by Emma’s Harriet Smith to Robert Martin, The Children of the Abbey has another claim to consequence: a secondary hero named Sir Charles Bingley. Professor Ford explores the connection between Roche’s character and Austen’s and between these two novels.

16.45 Close

* Please note that lunch is not provided, nor are there any facilities on-site. However, there are plenty of cafeterias, restaurants in the local area in Store Street, Tottenham Court Road and Brunswick Centre (opp Russell Square tube station)

Applicants should complete the attached form (see link below) and return it either by post to the Hon Secretary, 20 Parsonage Road, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9JG, or by email to

It is regretted that as Senate House has greatly increased their fees, the Registration Fee for Society members will now be £35; for non-Society members £40; for students and benefit recipients (NOT State pensioners) £20.

To obtain the Society rate, members MUST provide their membership number on the form. To obtain the concessionary rate, students must name their affiliated organisation, and benefit recipients their reference number.

Payment may be made either by cheque to the Hon Secretary, 20 Parsonage Road, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9JG or by bank transfer to the account of The Jane Austen Society – Sort code 516109; Acc no 70117276.

To enable us to identify your payment easily, please ensure you reference it as SD followed by your surname and initial.Should any member encounter any problem, please contact the Hon Secretary either by email at or telephone 01273 494210 or mob 07855 159207. If there is no immediate answer, please leave a message with your name and telephone number, or a text, and your call will be returned.