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Jane Austen and Dance

April 13, 2009

The multifaceted use of dance in Jane Austen’s novels reveals her awareness of the complexity of nineteenth-century social dance and, more importantly, the potential of nineteenth-century social dance for a variety of authorial endeavors. Film adaptations of Austen’s novels certainly pick up on this saturation with dance from the faithful historical representations in the 1995 BBC and 2005 Hollywood versions of Pride and Prejudice to the traditional Bollywood song and dance in the 2004 film Bride & Prejudice. This interactive presentation will introduce students to the world of nineteenth-century social dance and consider its implications for her novels.

This program is presented by Dr. Cheryl Wilson.

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