Shaping Eyre: A Conversation about (Re)reading Brontë in the 21st Century
23 March 2017
Time: 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Dome Room, UVA Rotunda
Presented by: Virginia Festival of the Book, Rare Book School & UVA Libraries
Why are modern day readers still responsive to Jane Eyre, and how do their readings influence the life of the text? Linden Kent Memorial Professor Karen Chase (Brontë scholar and author of Eros & Psyche) leads a discussion with author Patricia Park (Re Jane) and rare book curator Barbara Heritage (“Shaping Eyre”) about the enduring influence of Charlotte Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel, Jane Eyre. The discussion, to be held in the Dome Room of UVA’s renovated Rotunda (4:00–5:00 p.m.) will be followed by a book signing and an opportunity to explore the rare artifacts in the accompanying RBS exhibition, “Shaping Eyre: Charlotte Brontë’s Classic Novel in 200 Objects” (5:00–6:00 p.m.) A reception will follow in the Rare Book School suite, 118 Alderman Library.
This program is part of the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, and is sponsored by Rare Book School and the UVA Libraries.