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Conference Programme - Burney Society Conference

By Admin on 06-05-2016

‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’

4-6 July 2016

St Chad’s College, Durham

Frances Burney grew up at the centre of a vibrant metropolitan cultural scene, and was part of a network of musicians, writers, actors and artists whose careers depended on a culture of consumption, both imaginative and material. This was the world she evoked in her novels, plays and journals and this conference builds on the movement in Burney scholarship toward greater contextualisation of her work.

The conference centres around entertainment, with the conference programme itself featuring a range of entertainments, including an excursion to a site of local interest, Gibside House, and the world premiere of Burney’s play Love and Fashion, which will be performed by Durham Student Theatre. The conference’s keynote address will be delivered by Harriet Guest, Professor Emerita of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of York.

A provisional conference programme can be found at:


for more information, please contact the conference organisers, Professor Francesca Saggini and Dr Cassie Ulph, via cassie.ulph@bishopg.ac.uk
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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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