Jane Austen And Georgian Treasures of South England
11 Days, June 4 - 14, 2022
TBD from London, England
English novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) is famous the world over for her deftly drawn critiques of Georgian society. Following the maxim that to know a person one must walk a mile in her shoes, we'll follow Jane's footsteps on an exclusive tour of the houses and settings of Austen's life in the south of England.
Following a night in historic Windsor, we'll travel to Austen's home in Chawton, a quaint village of rose- covered cottages, where she wrote the majority of her published works. Chawton House, once owned by Austen's brother, is now a virtual museum of her novels, as well as the works of other women's writing. We'll also visit nearby Berkeley Castle, where Lady Elizabeth Craven, a Georgian writer who specialized in travel writing, led a different sort of life. Included in our itinerary are architectural showplaces such as Wilton House, Montacute House, Bowood and Stourhead, each of them featured as locations for film adaptations of Austen's work.
To understand Georgian society more widely, we'll explore the towns of Wells, Lacock and Salisbury, as well as the country's only surviving rococo garden. Bath offers the best evocation of Regency society. Our private visits to No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Assembly Rooms where Austen attended balls, and the Fashion Museum with its period gowns, all evoke the vivid settings of Austen's fiction. Finally, we'll pay our respects to the beloved novelist at Winchester Cathedral, where she is buried.
Our splendid accommodations for this tour include seven nights at Bailbrook House Hotel, dating back to the 1790s and surrounded by acres of private grounds. Located minutes from Bath, Bailbrook will give us easy access to all of the beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture and lavish interiors so artfully described in Austen's writing.
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Taylor Walle is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University. She teaches eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature, including classes on Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, the Gothic novel, the transatlantic slave trade, and the “mad, bad, and dangerous” women of the eighteenth century. She has published articles on Jane Austen, James Boswell, and eighteenth-century female grammarians, and she is currently at work on a book project entitled Vulgar Recitations: Speech and the Bid for Authority in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. She holds a PhD in English from UCLA and an MSt in Women’s Studies from Oxford.