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9/14/2017 - Sensibility and Sense: How the 18th Century meets the 19th in Jane Austen’s Novels

English Literature Series Program 2

The Southbury Public Library will present the second program in a series of three each featuring a notable English author on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:00pm in the library’s Kingsley Room. Mark J. Schenker, senior associate dean of Yale College, will discuss Sensibility and Sense: How the 18th Century meets the 19th in Jane Austen’s Novels. The series is made possible due to a gift to the library from Stanford Warshasky, a retired Library Director of the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury, CT. To register, call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626 x 130 or stop in the library to sign up at the Reference Desk. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Dean Schenker will focus on the novels of Jane Austen (1775-1817) that were published between 1811 and 1818—four during her lifetime and two posthumously. All are set in the closing years of the one century and in the opening years of the next. Jane Austen’s witty presentation and incisive critique of the British landed gentry at the turn of the century may be seen as providing a bridge between the 18th-century novel of sensibility, which Austen satirized as excessively sentimental, and the literary realism that was to form the hallmark of the 19th-century novel.

Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently a senior associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. A former lecturer in the English Department at Yale, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature.

For over 30 years, Dean Schenker has lectured on literature and film and has led book discussion series in more than 100 venues in Connecticut, including public libraries, museums, and cultural centers. For a decade he presented programming at public libraries in association with the annual summer productions by the Shakespeare on the Sound theater company located in Fairfield County, and since 2007 he has conducted Literature and Medicine Programs to health care providers at Connecticut hospitals. His affiliation with the Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme) has resulted in more than three dozen sessions there on literature, film and the visual arts.

Dean Schenker also conducts monthly book discussions for a number of private reading groups in Connecticut. In 2001, he received the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.


Contact: Shirley Thorson
Head Librarian
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 140