The Gothic Tradition in English Literature

Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM
Cuyahoga County Public Library – Solon Branch

The Gothic Tradition in English Literature

by Randi Pahlau

Gothic novels: Are they really as dangerous as Catherine Morland decides them to be when confronted by Henry Tilney? Some thought they were. Find out what polite English society really told their young women.  Ohio North Coast member Randi Pahlau, Assistant Professor of English at Malone University, will shed some light on the dark and stormy genre that features so prominently in Northanger Abbey.

With a Celebration of Jane Austen’s 244th Birthday
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775. We will join Jane Austen Societies around the world as we toast our favorite author. We will have a non-alcoholic toast and birthday cake.

*Note:  The library opens at 1:00 PM. Come at 1:00 if you’d like to help us set up. The program will begin at 1:30 PM.

Upcoming Events:

November 23, 2019: Pittsburgh Region will have a meeting on “Dances from Jane Austen’s Assembly Rooms, or, Do the Movies Ever Get It Right?” Presented by Allison Thompson. See for information.

January 4, 2020: Dayton Region will hold their Twelfth Night Ball at the Patterson Homestead. Go to for details.
January 12, 2020: Andrew Davies’ new adaptation of “Sanditon” begins at 9:00 PM on PBS. Early reviews by fellow Janeites are throwing shade. We’re sure we will have opinions and lots to talk about after watching!

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Charla Coatoam
JoAnne Podis (216-401-6053)

Jane Austen Society of North America, Ohio North Coast