NORFOLK, Neb. - Northeast Community College English Instructor Kristi Rastede speaks on early 19th century author Jane Austen recently in the College’s Union 73. Her presentation on “Pride, Prejudice, Persuasion, and Prying: Jane Austen in the Twenty-First Century,” was part of Northeast’s Hawk Talks lectures series.
Austen was a novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique, and comment on ordinary life and the manners of the English middle class at the end of the 18th century. She continues to be relevant through reprints of her books, movie adaptations, and revisionist stories.
Rastede has admired the novelist since childhood “before I realized that what I was enjoying was Jane Austen.” Her respect for the author has continued into adulthood and was emphasized as part of her graduate work.
Hawk Talks are open to the public.