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What Matters in ‘Pride and Prejudice’? Professor John Mullan at Queenswood

Thursday 2 March 2023

On Wednesday 1 March Queenswood’s GCSE and A-Level English Literature students were privileged to attend an enthralling talk on Pride and Prejudice by one of the world’s leading Jane Austen scholars, Professor John Mullan of University College London.

Professor Mullan examined the way in which Austen conveys character through dialogue, focusing on the unmistakable speech mannerisms of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, Caroline Bingley, Mr Collins and more. He also offered fascinating insights into the customs of the time, such as the highly formalised etiquette of the dance card, or the fact that all card games in Austen would have been played for money.

After the talk, the Academic Scholars enjoyed a literary lunch in the Terrace Room, where they had the chance to discuss several of the Professor’s other areas of expertise, including Sherlock Holmes and the novels of Dickens.

We are extremely grateful to Professor Mullan for giving up his valuable time.

Below is a short clip from the talk. Q staff and students can access the full recording here.