Northanger Abbey and Persuasion: An Exploration of Two Jane Austen Novels | Newberry

Northanger Abbey and Persuasion: An Exploration of Two Jane Austen Novels

Led by Jeffrey Nigro. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wednesdays, September 19 - October 17 (class will not meet on September 26)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 7 at 10 am – August 31 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (August 31 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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The Newberry Bookstore will re-open on August 14, and you will once again be able to find most of your assigned books for sale there.

Seminar Description

In observance of the 200th anniversary of their publication, we will read and discuss the two Jane Austen novels that were issued posthumously. Northanger Abbey deals with the dangers of confusing fiction with reality. Persuasion, meanwhile, is a richly textured work addressing social change, human integrity, and romantic second chances. Together, they provide a window onto Regency-era culture and show a celebrated author operating at the height of her powers.

Four sessions. E - $185, L - $203.50

Jeff Nigro is a research associate and adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago and serves on the board of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Materials List


  • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Oxford World Classics, Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion, Norton Critical Edition: Patricia Meyer Spacks, ed., 2nd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2012

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Volume I or Chapters 1-15, depending on edition

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.