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Public Lecture: Austen in the Age of Trump

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Saint Lucia, QLD 4072

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Spencer Jackson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

A scandal has befallen the world of Jane Austen scholarship: its author has been embraced by Nazis. The global white supremacist movement has begun to cite Austen’s novels as portraits of the polite, tradition-bound society that they believe would characterize their white “enthnostates.”

Spencer Jackson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Queensland Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA, and he specializes in eighteenth-century British literature as well as critical theory. His work has appeared in journals such as 'Studies in Romanticism, Substance', and 'The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation'. He currently is completing a book titled 'God Made the Novel: The Political Theologies of Empire and Resistance in Long Eighteenth-Century British Literature.'

Presented by the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the UQ Art Museum.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Image: Cassandra Austen 'Portrait of Jane Austen' (detail) c.1810. National Portrait Gallery, London.
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