English Professor Douglas Murray recently spoke to the Nashville chapter of the English-Speaking Union at a breakfast meeting held at Belmont’s Massey Business Center. His talk, entitled “The Road to ‘Downton Abbey,’”concerned the way the popular television series has encapsulated previous literature about the English Country House. The English-Speaking Union celebrates British heritage and seeks to foster global understanding and good will.
Following that engagement, Murray participated in a panel on picaresque fiction at the annual meeting of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies, held in Los Angeles March 19-21. Other participants were from DePaul University, the University of North Texas and UCLA. Murray’s talk was entitled “Jane Austen and the Embedded Ramble Novel: The Case of Pride and Prejudice.”