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McGill University
Department of English

The Burney Society

Burney Society Conferences

Date: July 21-24, 2013
Place: Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Burney Society of Great Britain : 5th International Conference



“Education in the Life and Works of Frances Burney and her Family”


Keynotes: Professor Peter Sabor, Director of the Burney Centre, McGill University, 'Educating Alexander: Frances Burney d'Arblay and the "Idol of the World"'


Philip Olleson, Professor Emeritus, University of Nottingham, '"Such Devoted Sisters": Susan and Frances Burney'


Commenting on Mrs Streatfeild and her daughter, ‘the fair ‘S.S.’, in October 1779, Frances Burney observed wryly, ‘how infinitely preferable are parts without education, to education without parts’.  As the letters, diaries and memoirs of Burney and her relatives show, education was a highly valued, keenly debated issue in the family, a means of professional advancement, or a source of personal endeavour.  It was also of key thematic significance in the novels and plays of Frances Burney and her half-sister Sarah Harriet.

The conference will take place on Monday 22 July (registration 9-9.30am) and Tuesday 23 July in Caius' very pleasant Cavonius Centre on the opposite bank of the River Cam (for further informa- tion go to The drinks reception and conference dinner on Tuesday evening will, however, be at the main College. Tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon will be provided, and a sandwich lunch on each conference day. For those arriving on Sunday 21 July we have arranged for an optional light supper of soup and salad to be served at a cost of £12. There will also be an optional excursion on Wednesday 24 July to King's Lynn, where Fanny and her brothers and sisters were born (details and cost later), or delegates might like to take the time to explore Cambridge itself.

Prices depend on whether those attending wish to stay for 3 or 4 nights, or would prefer to find their own accommodation and book solely for the conference. B&B is provided in the Stephen Hawking building on the same site as the Cavonius Centre: all rooms are en-suite, and there is a choice of single, twin or double, with some rooms having disabled facilities. Please see the registration form for details of the different packages on offer. If anyone would like to make a booking straight away please fill in the form and send, with cheques for a one-third deposit to Helen Cooper, the Conference Secretary (, address on the accompanying form).

Please click here to access the registration form.


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