Shaping Eyre: A Conversation about (Re)reading Brontë in the 21st Century

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Thu. March 23, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Rotunda

1826 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Sponsored by: Rare Book School

Hosted by: UVA Libraries


How does classic literature continue to shape modern-day readers, and how do readers themselves help shape popular classics? Author Patricia Park (Re Jane) and rare book curator Barbara Heritage discuss the enduring influence of Charlotte Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel, Jane Eyre.

Why should you attend?

The discussion, to be held in the Dome Room of UVa’s newly renovated Rotunda, will conclude with a book signing and an opportunity to examine and handle some of the rare artifacts displayed in the accompanying exhibition, “Shaping Eyre: Charlotte Brontë’s Classic Novel in 200 Objects.”

Please note: The discussion will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, book sales and signing from 5:00 to 5:30 PM, and exhibit viewing from 3:00 to 4:00 PM and from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. A reception will follow in 118, Alderman Library, hosted by UVA Libraries and the Rare Book School.

“Breezy, engaging… a truly fresh, modern take on the coming-of-age novel.”—New York Times Book Review

“Park’s debut is a cheeky, clever homage to Jane Eyre with touching meditations on Korean-American identity. . . . Park’s clever one-liners, and her riffs on cultural identity will resonate with any reader who’s ever felt out of place.” —Publishers Weekly