R421 Fall 2018 Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Oct. 18–Nov. 8
Instructor: Beth Lambert
Persuasion is Jane Austen’s last complete novel and her shortest. For many, it is also their favorite, and the reasons are easy to see. For one, the heroine is not a young girl but a mature woman who rectifies an early mistake to get a second chance at happiness. Moreover, with the British navy at center stage and the Napoleonic wars in the background, Persuasion is set in a wider, more uncertain world than Austen’s other novels. Those who are familiar with her works, as well as first-time readers, will find much to enjoy and ponder as we discuss her (alas!) last novel.
Beth Lambert is professor emerita from Gettysburg College. She has taught, published, and spoken on all aspects of 18th century English literature. Jane Austen’s novels have always been among her favorites—a love she shares with many OLLI members. She also teaches 18th century history courses for OLLI and is coordinator of the History Club and the Reston program.