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The Lady with the Balloon Hat

The Lady with the Balloon Hat

Vagaries and Fancies around "Opening Romanticism: Reimagining Romantic Drama for New Audiences" (Grant agreement ID: 892230)

Housing Frances Burney

Housing Frances Burney by Fran Saggini is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 3.0.
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Part of my project at UoE is to find new housing for Frances Burney. ‘Housing’ has a metaphorical meaning here, of course. But it not always so in my research. Tonight, I shall be talking about one of the real London houses Frances Burney and her family lived in. It is a very interesting house, now home to the Westminster Reference Library. An existing monumental plaque says that there lived Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Burney and his daughter Frances. I would have preferred to read, Frances Burney and her father Charles, but this chocking fatherly embrace is apparently very difficult to shake off… .

I like to talk of the house in St Martin’s Street because Burney wrote the famed Evelina there. It was her first novel and the one destined to remain the work she would be readily associated with thereafter. I discuss the similarities between Burney’s novel writing in Evelina and Isaac Newton’s sidereal explorations at the top of that famous house in St Martin’s Street.

If you are interested to register for this free online event held at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge on the 27 October 2021 (6-7 pm) you can find the Eventbrite link below. Incidentally, I am Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College and it will be a pleasure to share this part of my ongoing research with the college community. I hope you may join us too. You are heartily welcome!


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