This year marks 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, and scholar Olivia Murphy (Jane Austen the Reader) is deep into some new Austen research. Olivia is interested in how Austen’s writing developed as a response to the writing of others: as parody, satire, criticism and homage. She shares insights into some of Austen’s closest influences. What role did her parents have in her work? And what are the paternal influences on women’s writing in general? 

Olivia Murphy (Australian)

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Olivia Murphy is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, investigating experiments and experimentation in the Romantic period, 1770-1830. She is the author of Jane Austen the Reader and the co-editor of Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives

Aaron Nyerges (Australian)

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Aaron Nyerges is a lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. He is currently writing a book on American modernism, mass media, and the production of geographic knowledge.