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Dean's Lecture, April 2: “The Ethics of Laughter in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”
WHAT: The Dean’s Lecture Series
WHO: Emily Rena-Dozier, St. John’s College
TITLE: “The Ethics of Laughter in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”
WHERE: Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, at 3 p.m.
COST: This event is free of charge and open to the public.
DESCRIPTION: In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet asks, “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” Austen frames this question as a joke – but can we take it seriously? What happens when we make the quotidian ephemera of our lives and the lives of others the center of intellectual inquiry? What role might reciprocal mockery play in determining our obligations to our neighbors, and theirs to us? What are the ethics of laughter