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Jane Austen and the Promotion of Virtue

Hosted by: The University of Western Australia

In this public lecture, UWA Cultural Studies Lecturer Ned Curthoys will explore the strengths and weaknesses of in-depth interpretations of Jane Austen’s novels.

Pencil drawing of Jane Austen

In a famous and enduringly influential reading of Jane Austen’s novels, the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre argues in his germinal work of moral philosophy After Virtue (1981) that Austen was the ‘last, great effective voice of that tradition of thought about, and practice of, the virtues’.

In this public lecture Ned Curthoys will explore the strengths and weaknesses of MacInytre’s interpretation of Austen’s novels and its subsequent critical reception.

This lecture is part of the ‘New Perspectives on Jane Austen’ series, which marks the 200th anniversary of the remarkable author’s death.

Event details

Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017

Time: 06:00pm - 07:00pm

Price: Free

Location: Fox Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, UWA


Contact name: Audrey Barton

Phone: +61 8 6488 4797