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The extent of the colonial aspect of the novel has of course been fiercely debated, in particular since Edward Said’s references to it in Culture and Imperialism (1993).  Some critics have demurred about making the perhaps too-easy equation between actual slavery and the domestic tyranny endured by white middle-class or gentry women in Austen’s day, while others have pointed out that Austen’s own contemporaries on both sides of the political spectrum, including Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More, enthusiastically made use of this direct comparison themselves (Coleman 293, 297).  Austen’s subtlety may forbid her from directly making such an equation—either in the exchange in Emma between Jane Fairfax and Mrs. Elton about the governess trade and the slave trade (325), or in the very pregnant silence about the subject in Mansfield Park itself (231).  Nevertheless, it by no means prevents Austen from being aware of such a comparison.  While neither the novel nor the painting is “about” slavery, both evidently allude to its effects and probe the uncomfortable realities of inequality, power, and obligation concealed beneath the smooth surface of family representation.” (emphasis mine—that’s just how I think about the relationship between the subject of slavery and MP, but more elegantly stated than I’ve ever managed.—MCS)

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The Shelburne Inn will hold a tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in honor of Jane Austen’s birthday. On the menu will be three sweet and three savory morsels, scone or muffin and a bottomless cup of tea. Tea is $25 and reservations are required.

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Morristown, NJ, Sunday, November 18, 2012  4:30pm: Fashions in the Age of Austen. Join Executive Director Carrie Fellows in an exploration of women’s fashion encompassing 1790 – 1817. Using images from the period, photos of surviving garments, silhouettes in the Museum’s collection and handsewn reproduction clothing, Fellows will illustrate the Regency silhouette. Tickets are $8 including house tour.
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Come find out what it was like to celebrate Christmas in the Regency period. Open hearth cooking demonstration, dancing and crafts.  Donations accepted.

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Enjoy a traditional full English tea of scones, tea sandwiches, and
assorted sweets served in the entertainment suite of the beautiful
1806 Governor Gore Mansion. After tea, guests will join a guide
for a tour of the private quarters of the mansion.

Friday, December 14, 1pm
Saturday, December 15, 1pm
Sunday, December 16, 1pm

Full tea and tour - $45/pp. , $40/pp. GP member + one guest.


Monday, December 10 thru Thursday, December 13
Monday, December 17 thru Thursday, December 20
—Group reservations only—

Full tea and tour - $40/pp. groups of 20 or more.
Self-service, dessert tea and tour - $18/pp. groups of 20 or more.
Call for available times.