Some of Our|
Jane Austen Society of North America
The Republic of Pemberley
Jane Austen Centre, Bath, England
Jane Austen's World
Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club
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.
Regional Coordinator Nancy Yee
Webmaster Carolyn Jack
Phone: 617 965 5699
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. 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.
Please note that JASNA national membership does not include membership in the Massachusetts Region. JASNA Massachusetts dues are collected annually (September to August) in lieu of contributions at the door. To renew or
start an annual 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.
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.
The following events will all be held on Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA. We are very happy to present an excellent group of speakers this year. Additional details about their talks will be posted as they become available.
2pm, September 14, 2014
Deb Barnum, Regional Coordinator of JASNA Vermont Region
My Own Darling Child
200 Years of Publishing and Collecting
Pride and Prejudice
Deb Barnum is a former law librarian, now a bookseller of fine and collectible books, the Regional Coordinator for the JASNA Vermont Region, and an inveterate reader and collector of bibliographies. Here is a link to the Vermont JASNA region's excellent blog.
2pm, November 9, 2014
Iris Lutz, current JASNA president
Iris Lutz, the current President of JASNA, is a long-time admirer of Jane Austen's work, who discovered JASNA in 1996 when the Tucson-based Southern Arizona Region was being formed. Iris served as the group's Regional Coordinator for five years and coordinated the 2006 Annual General Meeting on Mansfield Park. She has also served JASNA at the national level as Vice President for Regions and Vice President for Conferences. In her work life, Iris has focused on a career in marketing and product management for companies in the computer and software industries.
2pm, December 14, 2014
Celebrating Jane Austen's Birthday
A delightful and hilarious reading of Jane Austen's early work, Lady Susan, by member Jill Crowley and others. After the performance, we will make merry and enjoy a special repast of sandwiches, birthday cake, and the traditional toast to Jane.
2pm, March 15, 2015
Marcia Folsom, Chair and Professor of Humanities at Wheelock College, Boston
Marcia Folsom is the editor of Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1993) and Approaches to Teaching Austen's Emma (2004) published by the Modern Language Association. She is a frequent speaker at the JASNA Annual General Meeting, and her articles have been published many times in Persuasions. Marcia is a member of the JASNA Massachusetts Region and a member of the Steering Committee.
2pm, May 17, 2015
Claudia L. Johnson is the Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University; she is also currently chairperson of the English department. 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.
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
Click here to review the meetings that were held during:
JASNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place in the fall of each year in a different city in the
United States or Canada. The AGM attracts about six hundred participants, bringing together scholars
and lay readers of Austen to explore her life and works from multiple perspectives.
Montréal, Québec, Canada, Oct. 10-12, 2014
Theme: Mansfield Park in Montréal: Contexts, Conventions and Controversies
The Montréal region also has a Facebook Page!, on which they endorsed our own Marcia McClintock's essay in the most recent issue of Persuasions.
Louisville, KY USA, Oct. 9-11, 2015
Theme: Living in Jane Austen's World
Washington, D.C. USA, Oct. 21-23, 2016
Theme: Emma at 200: No One But Herself
Southern California USA, Oct. 6-8, 2017
Jane Austen In Paradise
To learn more about JASNA, our parent organization, visit www.jasna.org.