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Jane Austen, literary pop star

Image of visual adaptation of sketch of Jane Austen, from WikimediaWhy is Jane Austen so popular? The author and her books are as well-loved as ever, after most writers of her era have been forgotten. True “Janeites” can tell you even the most obscure trivia from her novels.

Dr. Hepsie Roskelly, professor of English, will lead a public discussion on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Her talk, titled “Loving Jane,” about how participants are drawn to Austen, and what aspects of popular culture have attracted them – ranging from film and TV adaptations to parodies to zombie movies. Roskelly will engage the audience in assessing why they like Austen and how widely she has influenced our modern culture.

The program, sponsored by Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is part of a series of UNCG or UNCG-related programs marking the 200th anniversary of Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

The Greensboro Public Library is also participating in the celebration with a series of films. For example, “Emma,” a comic adaptation of the novel, will screen at the Benjamin Branch Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:45 pm. And the Bollywood musical retelling Bride and Prejudice will screen Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m., Glenwood Branch.

UNCG English professor Dr. James Evans will be the featured speaker at the Greensboro Public Library’s “An Afternoon of Jane Austen.” The event will be Saturday, Oct. 26. starting at 12 p.m., Central Library.

At noon, Evans will make a Pride and Prejudice presentation, which will be followed by a book discussion. Three film screenings will follow.

The celebration continues this February, when UNCG Theatre will present an adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan from the novel by Jane Austen. The production in Taylor Theatre will be directed by John Gulley. Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com.

More information is at the University Libraries blog.

Visual: Adaptation of sketch of Jane Austen, from Wikimedia