Frances ‘Fanny’ Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain (Conference, 4th – 6th July)

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by Edward Francisco Burney (1760-1848) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Frances d’Arblay (‘Fanny Burney’), by Edward Francisco Burney (1760-1848) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The conference of the Burney Society UK is coming to Durham University from 4th to 6th July. This year’s theme is “entertainment.” The keynote speaker will be Harriet Guest.

Frances Burney grew up at the centre of a vibrant metropolitan cultural scene, and was part of a network of musicians, writers, actors and artists whose careers depended on a culture of consumption, both imaginative and material. This was the world she evoked in her novels, plays and journals and this conference builds on the movement in Burney scholarship toward greater contextualisation of her work.

The conference centres around entertainment, with the conference programme itself featuring a range of entertainments, including an excursion to a site of local interest, Gibside House, and the world premiere of Burney’s play Love and Fashion, which will be performed by Durham Student Theatre. The conference’s keynote address will be delivered by Harriet Guest, Professor Emerita of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of York.

For registration information, please visit the Burney Society website, or contact Dr Gillian Skinner ( A provisional programme can be found here.


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