North Carolina

A Novel Adventure: Jane Austen's World & Writings

Learn about life in Georgian Society as you study Jane Austen’s world and writings and experience garden walks, a game of whist, British Cream tea and more.
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Program No. 23448RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Discover the timeless written words of celebrated romance author, Jane Austen. During the week, we see how Georgian village life, morality, and sentiments are reflected in Austen’s six novels. We will examine primary themes in these stories in the context of Austen as a writer incorporating major elements in fictional romances, gothic noir tales, matchmaking couples, and sibling love. As a rather obscure writer during her lifetime, Austen’s claim to fame, her public literary life, and contemporary critiques/praise of her published works offer insights into the world of publishing for women authors. Her unique views of heart issues renders her work able to now cross the boundaries of time, as impacting for women today as those readers of the 1800s.
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On Your Feet
Easy stroll through level gardens in addition to classroom meetings.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn fascinating facts about Austen’s life along with close examination of all six novels.
  • Take a stroll through the sculptured floral beds of the North Carolina Arboretum.
  • Enjoy the sophisticated and elegant leisure pursuit of British Cream Tea at the Montreat Inn, complete with scones and Devonshire cream.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Barbara Pell
Bobbie, the moonstone minstrel, has been telling stories and writing fiction/poetry for over 30 years. She is a lifelong lover of story who incorporates folklore, myth and faerie lore into her writing, workshops/courses, and storytelling performances. She holds master's degrees in library science/technology and English literature/composition, and an MFA in creative writing. This modern-day minstrel unites song and story in delightful images and universal themes. She lives on Avalon Ridge with her husband Ron and their many golden retrievers.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tracy Bailey
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