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Articles by local JASNA members:

How I Came to See Fanny Price's Light

The Privilege of My Own Profession: The Living Legacy of Austen in the Classroom

Inherited and Living Variables: The Choices of Sisters and Brothers in Mansfield Park

Here's an interview in which William Deresiewicz discusses his memoir, A Jane Austen Education.

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Next Meeting: SOLD OUT!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015: Claudia Johnson at Gore Place, Waltham MA (scroll down)

Want a sneak peek at next season's speakers?

An essay contest for first-timers who wish to attend the 2015 AGM in Louisville, Kentucky (due date May 15!!!):


This is an open invitation to deepen your pleasure in and enrich your enjoyment of Jane Austen: If you really love Jane Austen, consider joining JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America) and JASNA Massachusetts, a local Region of JASNA. We welcome all who enjoy Jane Austen's works. Our JASNA Massachusetts Region is one of the many Regions of the national organization of JASNA, and includes all JASNA members who are residents of New Hampshire and Rhode Island as well as Massachusetts. We have many Austen scholars among our membership as well as those who simply enjoy reading Austen and sharing their pleasure with others.

We hold five events during our membership year: four regular meetings (September, November, March and May), plus a celebration of Jane Austen's birthday in December. These events usually consist of a talk or lecture lasting about an hour, followed by discussion and refreshments.

There is a nominal fee (usually $5) to attend meetings. Members of the national society may join the Massachusetts region for an annual fee in lieu of contributions at the door. To renew or start an annual Massachusetts membership, please return a check payable to JASNA-Mass for $15 (regular) or $7.50 (student) to Marianne Redmond, 198 Rock Island Road, Quincy, MA 02169. JASNA Massachusetts dues are collected annually (September to August)

All are welcome to pay their dues at the door. Those who are not members of JASNA Massachusetts can simply pay $5.00 for each lecture they attend.

We'd be very pleased to have you join us at our next meeting.

JASNA Massachsetts Regional Co-Coordinators
Carolyn Jack and Jill Crowley

JASNA Massachusetts long-time Regional Coordinator Nancy Yee has stepped down. Nancy has led the region with graciousness and diligence, and the membership thanks her for her many years of being at the helm. Two co-coordinators have been appointed to pick up the mantle. Jill Crowley and Carolyn Jack have been members of the steering committee for more than five years, and are committed to the continuation and growth of our region, and to offering the same high caliber and variety of speakers and programs that have proved so enjoyable. As always, members' input and support is welcome.

Next Meeting: SOLD OUT!!!

2pm, May 17, 2015
at Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, Massachusetts

Claudia Johnson
Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University
JASNA Traveling Lecturer

'She Was Too Astonished to Speak': Jane Austen and the Unintelligible

Claudia L. Johnson specializes in Restoration and 18th-century British literature, with a special focus on the novel. She is also interested in feminist theory and gender studies. Johnson is renowned for her books on Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft. She is a very popular speaker at Austen events.

Johnson's major books include Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (Chicago, 1988) and Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (Chicago, 1995). She also edited The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (Cambridge, 2002) as well as editions of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (Norton, 1998), Sense and Sensibility (Norton, 2002), and Northanger Abbey (Oxford, 2003).

She is working on her next book: Her Picture in the Exhibition at Last, about the vicissitudes of the controversial "Rice Portrait" of Jane Austen, its likely resolution through digital technology, and its entanglement in larger notions about how we think "classic" authors should look, and about the competing authority of families and museum, with vested interests in their positions and their property.

This event promises to be very special. An elegant and traditional afternoon tea will be served after the lecture, followed by tours of the historic federal-period Gore Place mansion.

We are pleased to offer a special price of $20 per person for JASNA members and their guests. Reservations are required, and seats are limited. Please send your check (payable to JASNA-Mass) to Marianne Redmond, 198 Rock Island Road, Quincy, MA 02169.

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT.

Claudia Johnson is the Avery Fund speaker for this season.

This event is funded in part by a grant from
the Jane Austen Society of North America

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