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We aim to promote the work of the writer Frances Burney (1752-1840) her family and wider circle. We are a literary Society based in the UK but membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Burney family and their work. Members receive quarterly newsletters, back editions of which are available via the menu above. We have a close connection to the North American Burney Society and the Burney Centre at McGill University, Montreal. Our members also receive their Burney Letter and Burney Journal.

LATEST NEWS

Conference of the Burney Society (UK) Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, 30 July-1 August 2019    The conference booking site is now live! Link is https://ecommerce.bishopg.ac.uk/product-catalogue/conferences/burney-society-conference

PLEASE SEE CONFERENCES  PAGE (Buttton Top of Page) FOR PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME & ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES 

We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speakers: Dr Gillian Dow (University of Southampton); Professor Lorna Clark (Carleton University)

 The narrative of the Burney family’s social ascent is a familiar one to scholars of the late eighteenth century. Yet the well-rehearsed tale of Charles Burney’s climb from provincial poverty to relative fame and fortune in London, raising his family into the ranks of the middle classes in the process, conveniently mythologises both the Burneys and the metropolis itself.  This conference will consider how the Burneys and their circle engaged with or constructed narratives of marginality and/or centrality; their relationship to marginal and/or mainstream culture and society; and the imaginative use they made of such categories.

  • Official, professional or establishment identities
  • Social and Cultural identities
  • Geographical margins: within and beyond the Metropolis
  • Literary Genre(s)
  • Moving between the margins and the mainstream
  • Marginal figures
  • Marginalia
  • The Burneys in the Archive
  • Burneys in relation to other authors
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