Jane Austen and Shakespeare are now often thought of as the two greatest English writers. Jane’s relationship to Shakespeare is really fascinating: unlike many authors of her time she rarely quotes him, yet his influence on her is profound.
John Wiltshire will explore some of the instances where we can detect her indebtedness to Shakespeare, and also comment on their radical dissimilarities.
JOHN WILTSHIRE is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University. He is the author of numerous books about Jane Austen, and has edited Mansfield Park for the authoritative Cambridge edition.
His most recent publications are The Cinematic Jane Austen (2009) and The Making of Dr Johnson (2009) and Hidden Jane Austen (2015). ‘His most recent book, Frances Burney and the Doctors: patient experiences then and now will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
John has been a regular lecturer at The Johnston Collection since 2008.
Jane Austen and Shakespeare. Image supplied