November 2019 Meeting
November 10th- "Epistolary Machinations in the Female Gothic: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and the 'Horrid' Novels" presented by Carrie Wright
Forgeries! Interceptions! False evidence! Oh, my! Letters and epistolary relationships operate on female characters’ agency in Northanger Abbey and the “horrid” novels mentioned by Isabella Thorpe. Austen’s novel replicates, subverts and complicates the gothic novel’s epistolary exploitation of heroines by employing letters to uncover insidious societal dangers for women, more realistic than terrifying castles or banditos, but horrifying nonetheless!
The meeting will be held at Locust Grove (in the Audubon Room) at 2 p.m. Afternoon Tea and tea treats will be served after the presentation.