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Jane Austen- Bath



A brief description of the city Bath, often mentioned in Jane Austen's novels

A brief description of the city Bath, often mentioned in Jane Austen's novels



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  • 1. The City of Bath Marissa Burdett
  • 2. The City of Bath• What and where is Bath?• What is the history of Bath?• What do people do in Bath?• Jane Austen’s connection to Bath • In her novels and in her life• Bath’s meaning for people • What makes Bath so popular, even today?
  • 3. What and where is Bath?• Bath is a large and prosperous city located in Somerset, in England.• Famous for its natural hot springs/ Roman baths • Thought to have healing powers• Became a spa resort
  • 4. The History of Bath• Roman control of Britain between 43 and 410 A.D. • Thought natural springs were an act of the gods • Minerva/Sulis • Built a great temple and bath-house• Once Romans left, the baths were buried and lost
  • 5. The History of Bath• 1738- Hospital built in Bath • Known as Royal Mineral Water Hospital • continued belief that water could heal• 1800- Year before Jane Austen moved there • All the baths had been excavated • Became a popular spa resort
  • 6. Bath’s attractions- Why go there?VIDEO: http://www.bath360.co.uk/• Roman baths, of course • Vacation from home- weeks or months at a time • Sought cures for illnesses• Entertainment • Balls, gatherings, theater, music, shopping• A place to see and to be seen • Pump-room
  • 7. Jane Austen and Bath• Setting for two novels: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion • Able to comment on hypocritical, vane, snobbish society through the various scenes and settings in Bath• Mentions Bath in all of her novels in some fashion • Mostly as a place where the more “scandalous” characters go and seek trouble• Assume her belief that people behave much more carelessly in Bath than in the countryside
  • 8. Jane Austen and Bath• Jane’s real life • Forced to move to Bath by her parents in 1800 (age 25) • Jane’s parents met and fell in love in bath- place for husband-hunting • Bath was “vapour, shadow, smoke, and confusion” “Another stupid party last night; perhaps if larger they might be less intolerable” “I cannot anyhow continue to find people agreeable” (Tomalin 173). • Depressed; couldn’t write
  • 9. Why is Bath so popular, even today?• It looks relatively the same as it did in the 1800s • Georgian architecture, Roman baths, preserved buildings• Janeites gather there • Jane Austen Centre and Jane Austen Festival• Great shopping, culture, arts, and entertainment
  • 10. Works Cited• PICTURES: http://www.sjsu.edu/studyabroad/img/Bath41.jpg http://www.bugbog.com/images/galleries/england_pictures/bath-bridge-2.jpg http://www.backpack-uk.com/images/BathMap.jpg http://www.traveleden.com/images/upload/266_Roman-Baths-Bath.jpg http://images.travelpod.com/users/cullism/england_first_t.1057038060.15_roman_baths_in_bath.jpg http://carlaspathways.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/regencydance.jpg http://cache.virtualtourist.com/2906188-Jane_Austen_Museum-Bath.jpg http://photos.igougo.com/images/p361796-Bath-Jane_Austen_Center.jpg http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/bathcard.png• Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen; A Life. New York: Vintage Books, 1999. 172-173.• Bath 360. 6 Sept 2009.<http://www.bath.co.uk>.• Colloff-Bennett, Tamara. “Jane Austen in the City of Bath, England.” The Quillcards Blog. 1 Feb 2009. 6 Sept 2009. <http://quillcards.com/blog/index.php/articles/jane-austen-in-the-city-of-bath-england/>.