Posts by Juli McLoone

Dining with Jane Austen IV: Dancing the Night Away

Woman dancing in a pink and white, ankle-length ball gown with empire waist. Hair is pulled back with a headband and put up in ringlets at the back of her head.

As the fashionable elite came to eat dinner later and later in the day, supper became almost obsolete. As Maria Rundell notes in the 1813 edition of A New System of Domestic Cookery, “hot suppers are not much in use where people dine very late.” One exception to this rule was a ball, when late hours and active exercise called for substantial evening fare. In Emma, several of the main characters visit a local inn to assess its ability to host a ball, and much is made of the question of where to...

Wednesday March 28th at 6:00pm: Screening of Selections from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Screenshot showing Lizzie smiling at Lydia, who is offering a high-five

Have you ever wondered what the Bennet sisters' adventures in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice might look like in the 21st century? On Wednesday, March 28th from 6:00-7:30pm, join Anne Charlotte Mecklenburg, PhD student in the University of Michigan's English Department, for a screening of selected mini-episodes from the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, followed by discussion. This event will take place in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Screening Room 2160.

Dining with Jane Austen III: A Company Dinner

Woman standing, wearing an orange dress with white fan-shaped decorations down the front.

As noted in Dining with Jane Austen II: No Such Thing as Lunch?, dinner shifted from noon-time to evening over the course of the 18th century, but this change occurred slowly and unevenly, with the result that certain households - especially those with claims to urbanity and fashion - might eat their main meal of the day much later than others. In Sense and Sensibility, The Dashwoods dine at 4pm at home in Barton Cottage, but in London, Mrs. Jenning’s begins dinner at 5 o’clock. In Pride and...

Dining with Jane Austen II: No Such Thing as Lunch?

Woman in a blue and white dress siting on a pale yellow sofa, drinking tea

Over the course of the eighteenth century, the time and contents of meals gradually shifted. By the turn of the 19th century, dinner had become detached from its earlier noontime association and might be eaten anytime from mid-afternoon to as late as six or seven o’clock in the evening. However, lunch had not yet become a commonly established sit-down meal. Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary of 1755 defines “lunch” or “luncheon” as “as much food as one’s hand can hold,” in other words, a sort of snack...

Dining with Jane Austen I: Breakfast in Georgian England

During this final month of the exhibit The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet (November, 20, 2017 - March 30, 2018), a series of “Dining with Jane Austen” posts will explore mealtimes in Georgian England and look at some of the recipes that might have been enjoyed by Austen or her characters. In this first installment, we’ll take a look at breakfast.

The Jane Austen Project: Author Discussion with Kathleen Flynn on March 7th

Cover of The Jane Austen Project, showing a woman in a white regency-era dress walking away from the viewer

Join Nicola's Books and the Ann Arbor District Library for a conversation between author Kathleen Flynn and U-M Residential College Creative Writing Director Laura Thomas on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Downtown Library's Multi-Purpose Room. Flynn and Thomas will discuss Flynn's debut novel, The Jane Austen Project, in which two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.

Upcoming Jane Austen Book Clubs at Nicola's Books

Illustrated endpapers showing an older, grey-haired man bowing, as though making an announcement, to two seated women: Mrs. Bennet and a brown-haired young woman trimming a hat (possibly intended to be Elizabeth?)

Have you visited The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet? Has the exhibit only whetted your appetite for more Jane Austen? If so, read on! In Feburary and early March, Nicola's Books will be hosting three Jane Austen Book Club events on February 7th, February 21st, and March 7th. The first two events are highlighted in this blog post. Stay tuned for more news of the March event.

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