CALL FOR PAPERS – ‘Scandal and sociability: New perspectives on the Burney family, 1750-1850’




Scandal and sociability

New perspectives on the Burney family, 1750-1850


One-day interdisciplinary symposium

Cardiff University

Tuesday 1 September 2015


Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Sabor, McGill University

‘‘The march of intimacy’: Dr. Burney and Dr. Johnson’


In recent years, much scholarly interest has moved beyond the novels of Frances Burney to encompass the influence and activities of the rest of her family, including: her father Charles (historian of music and man of letters) her sister Susan (musician and critic), her brother James (rear-admiral who sailed with Captain Cook and acted as interpreter for the famous Tahitian Omai), her brother Charles (bibliophile, collector and schoolmaster), her half-sister Sarah Harriet (author of seven novels 1796-1839), her stepsister Elizabeth (better known as ‘Mrs. Meeke’, the author of twenty-six novels 1795-1823), and her cousin Edward Francisco Burney (artist and illustrator). Between them, the Burneys knew most British luminaries…

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