Professor Todd will be discussing patriotism in Austen’s time and her particular attitude to it; her sense of what Englishness is, materially and politically, and how it manifests itself in daily life; what aspects should be a source of both pride and prejudice; her possibly ironic treatment of the characters embodying her apparent attitudes; and how her views change over her lifetime as war gives way to peace.
Professor Todd OBE is a British academic and author. She is the former President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge and an emerita Professor at the University of Aberdeen.
Much of her work concerns Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen and their circles. Todd's writing concerns literature and culture of the Restoration and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.