Though July 2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death, she is more alive than ever as a popular culture icon. Click here to listen to Professor Susan Greenfield’s exciting debate about the author’s enduring significance with the movie director Whit Stillman, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti on her WBUR show Radio Boston. Among other things, Greenfield discusses Austen’s complicated politics and her skeptical position about the manipulative power of romance. Hollywood may celebrate Austen for her love stories, but her novels show that romantic love is often a surprisingly solitary experience. Many thanks to Greenfield’s former student and Fordham alum Kathleen McNerney (2007), who is senior associate producer of Radio Boston, for arranging the interview.
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