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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

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


The following events will all be held on Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA. On the MBTA's green line, the Riverside (D line) train stop at Longwood, or the Cleveland Circle (C line) train stop at Hawes St. are conveniently close. Click here for driving directions.

2016 - 2017 Season

November 13, 2016

Ingrid Graff

Persuading Anne To Speak: The Discovery of Voice in Jane Austen's Persuasion.

In her final novel Jane Austen dispenses with the familiar tale of a young girl's journey to self-knowledge and love and gives us instead a portrait of an older woman with a past who is looking for a role in a world that denies her both a place and a voice. The talk will investigate how Anne Elliot blooms into the most fully realized heroine that Jane Austen created.

Ingrid Graff received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island, and her M.A. in English Literature from the Bangor University, North Wales.

In addition to being the Library Media Specialist at Edward Fenn Elementary School in Gorham, New Hampshire, she has taught numerous college credit courses in Literature as an Adjunct Faculty memberfor College for Lifelong Learning, University of New Hampshire.

For the past 30 years, as a Lecturer with the New Hampshire Humanities Council, she has lectured and led book discussions on English and American literature throughout the state for libraries and colleges. She has taught many courses for Elderhostel on The Brontes, Jane Austen, British writers, Women writers, mysteries and art and literature.

As an independent scholar and lecturer Ingrid has lectured for the Maine Humanities Council, Massachusetts' Public Libraries, Randolph Summer Colloquy, and the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Her awards include: the 1992 William L. Dunfey Award for Excellence in Humanities awarded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council; the 1993 NH Humanities Research Grant to research into the way women writers have portrayed houses in their fiction, resulting in a presentation entitled, A House of Her Own; and the 2007 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year Award from NHEMA.

December 4, 2016

Lidia Chang and Jane Austen's birthday party

Lidia Chang is a historical flute specialist who is a featured performer at the upcoming 2016 JASNA AGM in Washington, D. C. She will share her insights into the role of music in the lives of young ladies in Jane Austen's novels.

March 12, 2017

Timothy Peltason

Jane Austen and the Wrong Man

Tim Peltason is Professor of English and Class of 1949 Professor in Ethics at Wellesley College, where he has taught since 1977. He teaches nineteenth century English and American literature, twentieth century American literature, and Shakespeare. He has written essays on many different topics in Victorian literature and is most recently the author of essays on Oscar Wilde, on Mark Twain's Huck Finn, and on "Mind and Mindlessness in Jane Austen," published in 2015 in The Hudson Review. His talk on "Jane Austen and the Wrong Man" will be an occasion to test-drive another Austen essay topic.

May 21, 2017

Joan Vredenburgh
, The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, Rhode Island.

Jane Austen and the Military

Dr. Vredenburgh will be examining the attitudes Regency society had about the Army, Navy, and Marines and how Austen uses them in her novels. Her article, "Of Sailors and Soldiers," which was published in Jane Austen's Regency World in January 2014, examines the attitudes of Regency England towards the military and discusses why Jane Austen's society preferred the navy to the army.

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