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Jane Austen’s Shadow Stories – A Conversation with Arnie Perlstein
January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm for a conversation with Arnie Perlstein.
Arnie is a local independent literary scholar/sleuth specializing in what he calls Jane Austen’s (and Shakespeare’s) “shadow stories.” He claims that each Austen novel has a second, submerged, parallel fictional world, which subverts its romantic “overt story.” After an intro to his “shadow story” theory, Arnie will zero in on Austen’s most famous and popular novel, Pride & Prejudice. He’ll challenge the universally acknowledged “truth” that Mr. Darcy sincerely reforms after Elizabeth Bennet rejects his sexist first proposal; and, along the way, he’ll suggest that Jane Austen herself was a gender-fluid, radical feminist, who, if she lived today, would be in the MeToo and LGBT vanguard!
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