University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of English

They will be brought up to be as unlike myself as is possible

13th April 2023
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School of English Research Talk Series: 
"They will be brought up to be as unlike myself as is possible”: The Role of Families in Formulating Concepts of Home and Gender in Jane Austen's Novel 
A talk by Bushra Naqashbandi  

The research talk explores the roles that the family members of selected characters from Jane Austen's novels play in their understanding of home and implementation of gender roles. In today's world where women have far greater access to education and employment opportunities than they had in the 19th century in Austen's era, their success is penalised at home. Forms of patriarchy have varied with age, but its existence has been constant. Bringing Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility) to the forefront, this research talk employs socio-psychological theories to analyse how members from his chosen and biological families form his understanding of home and gender. The talk addresses how Austen, despite writing in the 19th century, creates equal relationships between the protagonists and focusses on how we, too, can apply the same notions and achieve equality between the sexes.


13 April 2023, Thursday
Time: 16:00 to 17:00 (GMT +8)
Location: Room F4B09b
                 University of Nottingham Malaysia
                 Jalan Broga 43000 Semenyih Selangor

About the speaker
Bushra Naqashbandi recently successfully defended her PhD in Literature at the School of English, University of Nottingham Malaysia. Her thesis examines gender equality in selected novels of Jane Austen by focussing on the definition of home and interpretation of gender roles by the protagonists. Her research interests also include fantasy and crime fiction, and gender relations.

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University of Nottingham Malaysia
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Selangor Darul Ehsan

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